German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said his country is ready to offer medical treatment to Ukraine’s jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and urged the former Soviet state to end “selective justice.”
Westerwelle met Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych today in Kiev as the eastern European nation seeks to reach an accord with the European Union.
Ukraine planned to sign an EU Association Agreement in December 2011 that includes free trade area with the 27-nation bloc. The pact has been delayed by the imprisonment of Tymoshenko for abuse of office, a move the EU deems selective justice. Tymoshenko, who has been in a hospital since May 2012 because of back pain, also faces a murder charge. The EU wants Ukraine to release Tymoshenko and improve its judiciary and electoral system in order to sign the accord in November.
“The question of Tymoshenko remains pressing,” said Westerwelle in remarks broadcast by Ukrainian private TV Channel 5. “There is not much time left and Ukraine still needs to do a lot” for the accord.
Westerwelle said that Tymoshenko has “all rights for a fair trial and necessary medical treatment.”