Ukrinform on November 19, 2013, reported that the U.S. Senate calls on the Ukrainian authorities to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and the EU members to include Tymoshenko’s release as an important criterion for signing an Association Agreement. Excerpts below:
This has been said in a Senate Resolution No. 165 calling for the release from prison of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko in light of the recent European Court of Human Rights ruling. The document was authored by Assistant Senate Majority Leader and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dick Durbin, and adopted on Monday, November 18, according to the Voice of America.
“The Senate … calls on the Government of Ukraine to release former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from imprisonment in light of the April 23 European Court of Human Rights verdict; … calls on the European Union members to include the release of Ms. Tymoshenko as an important criterion for signing an Association Agreement with Ukraine at the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Lithuania,” the document reads.
Also, the Senate expressed its believe and hope that Ukraine’s future rests with stronger ties to Europe, the United States, and others in the community of democracies.
However, the senators voiced their concern and disappointment that “the continued selective and politically motivated imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko unnecessarily detracts from Ukraine’s otherwise strong relationship with Europe, the United States, and the community of democracies”.
The U.S Senate Committee on Foreign Relations adopted the Resolution at the end of June.