Ukrainian Politics

 European Commissioner Fule on his Visit to Ukraine: I Never Thought I Would Visit a Prison

European Commissioner Stefan Fule thinks that the relations of Ukraine and the EU will not change without progress in Tymoshenko and Lutsenko cases.

The Ukrainian Pravda reports that during the Yalta EuropeanStrategy Annual Forum he said the following: "We want to moveforward in our relations with Ukraine but how can we do that whenso little is done to correct the consequences of selective justice- in the cases of Tymoshenko, Lutsenko and others?"

Fule recalled that he had 7 visits to Ukraine since taking theoffice. "Including one visit to prison - a place where I thought Iwill never have to visit," he said (during one of his visits Fulevisited Yulia Tymoshenko in prison).

"How can we move forward if the human rights, the freedom ofspeech, associations or media are not fully respected?" asked thepolitician.

"How Ukraine will behave in the nearest months regarding theselective justice, how it will move towards reforms of Justice andthe Attorney General's Office and whether the future elections willcomply with international standards -- altogether these factorswill influence the dimension that Ukraine belongs to," said theCommissioner.

"No doubt many of you have heard that a pause needs to be taken inour relations. But do the Ukrainian people really need a pause innew opportunitites?" added Fule.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n217429