Ukraine’s Yulia Tymosenko to be released prior Vilnius Summit?

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Steven G. Traylor | The Lithuania Tribune

Yulia Tymoshenko | Photo credit: Deirdre Boyer, Foter, CC BY-NC-ND

Yulia Tymoshenko | Photo credit: Deirdre Boyer, Foter, CC BY-NC-ND

With true aspirations for the European Union and a view to the west, Ukraine is attempting to get its domestic political house in order prior to Vilnius Summit in November.

According to media reports coming out of Kyiv, today, on 7 October, the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych is scheduled to meet his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski in Krakow.

Polish media is making assumptions that the discussion will be about the future of Yulia Tymosenko, former Ukrainian Prime Minster who has been jailed for two years now, based on trumped up ”political charges” of corruption during her tenure as Prime Minister between September 2005 and December 2007.

Tymoshenko is the leader of the biggest opposition political party in Ukraine, the All-Ukrainian Union ‘Fatherland’.

Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former European Parliament President Pat Cox became observers of the European Parliament at the court trials of Tymoshenko and have championed the release of Tymosenko on behalf of the EU ever since.

“If Yanukovych, who has publicly said that Ukraine is committed to the EU integration, gives a positive response to the request of Kwasniewski and Cox, it is likely that he will be liberating Tymoshenko in the coming days,” writes the Polish news agency PAP.

President Yanukovych was recently in Moscow where President Putin accused the Ukrainian leader of being a ”modern day Ivan Mazepa”, the Ukrainian military leader who switched allegiances during the war in 1708 from the Russian Tzar Peter the Great to the Swedish King.

Ukraine is candidate for EU membership and is considering its options now; i.e. either joining Russia’s Customs Union or joining the EU. Ukraine is the largest potential EU member state with a population of some 45,500,000 people. The only other EU member states that share a common border with Russia are the three Baltic States.

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