Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s jailed ex-prime minister, backed a European Union proposal that she get medical care in Germany as the 28-member bloc seeks concessions from the government before signing an integration pact.
The idea, put forward by former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and ex-European Parliament head Pat Cox, who also asked President Viktor Yanukovych pardon her, requires approval from the Ukrainian authorities, according to Tymoshenko’s lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko. Darka Cherpak, Yanukovych’s spokeswoman, wasn’t available when contacted today on her mobile phone.
Ukraine is seeking to sign a European Union Association Agreement and free-trade pact in Lithuania in November, fixing a westward shift and rejecting membership of a Russian-led customs union. The EU accord has been delayed since 2011 as Tymoshenko, a Yanukovych rival in the 2004 Orange Revolution, was convicted in a case she and the EU deem selective justice. Tymoshenko has suffered from back complaints while in prison.
“I’m ready to accept this proposal for the sake of a successful Vilnius, a successful Ukraine, for the sake of a historical and momentous agreement with the EU,” Tymoshenko said today in a statement on her party’s website. “We won’t miss this chance.”
Yanukovych said Sept. 20 that he can’t pardon Tymoshenko while other outstanding court cases against her remain unresolved. Tymoshenko still faces murder and tax evasion charges, which she denies.