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 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 European Strategy Annual Forum he said the following: "We want to move forward in our relations with Ukraine but how can we do that when so 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 the office. "Including one visit to prison - a place where I thought I will never have to visit," he said (during one of his visits Fule visited Yulia Tymoshenko in prison).

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

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

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

 
 
 
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