SWEDEN’S FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS PARDON OF LUTSENKO OF UKRAINE “A FIRST GOOD STEP”

AP on April 7, 2013, reported that former Ukrainian Interior Affair Minister Yuriy Lutsenko had been pardoned by Ukraine’s president. Lutsenko, 48, a close ally of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Ukraine’s president on Sunday pardoned Lutsenko, 48, moving toward fulfilling a key demand on Kyiv’s path to integrate closer with the European Union.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on April 8 called the release of former Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and others “a good first step”, and added that more should follow.

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