No east, no west


“Yulia Tymoshenko’s cooperation with the authorities is also necessary to resolve the issue of her release”, foreign minister of Leonid Kozhara said last week. After a few minutes, her lawyer announced that she agreed with medical treatment in Germany, refusing to ask for asylum abroad. But still the “Timoshenko case” is the biggest obstacle for Ukraine on the path toward Europe, and no one knows how it will end.

“Yulia Tymoshenko’s cooperation with the authorities is also necessary to resolve the issue of her release”, foreign minister of Leonid Kozhara said last week. After a few minutes, her lawyer announced that she agreed with medical treatment in Germany, refusing to ask for asylum abroad. But still the “Timoshenko case” is the biggest obstacle for Ukraine on the path toward Europe, and no one knows how it will end.

 

The European diktat

The European Union set the release of Tymoshenko as a condition sine qua non before taking any further step on the way to the accession. The next stage is scheduled to be held in Vilnius on November 28, when an Association Agreement with the European Union will be signed during the Eastern Partnership Summit, in the course of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council. “I believe that this step will ease the situation on the eve of the summit of the Eastern Partnership,” Tymoshenko said on Friday, “For the sake of a successful Vilnius summit and successful Ukraine, for the sake of a historic agreement with the EU I am ready to accept this proposal”. Not only is the summit of the Eastern Partnership a unique chance for Ukraine to join the European Union, but also a deadline for the president Yanukovych’s ambiguous policy. But it is already October and there are still no changes on the Ukrainian side: if nothing new happens, the European move could lead the negotiation down a blind alley.

 

Ukraine at a turning point

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