German Frankfurter Allgemeine writes that on Sunday, the German Foreign Ministry summoned Ukraine's ambassador after the official Ukrainian authorities have increased pressure on Yulia Tymoshenko's defense attorney, deputy Serhii Vlasenko.
The intervention of the German government, the newspaper says, was a reaction to attempts of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to deprive his parliamentarian mandate, which would enable the initiation of criminal proceedings against him and authorize his subsequent arrest.
As emphasized by Frankfurter Allgemeine, this time Berlin has formulated its position as tough as ever. "Thus, Ukraine can forget about so desired Association Agreement with the EU, if it does not resolve the issue with Tymoshenko," believes the German Foreign Ministry and the Office of the Federal Chancellor.
The federal government, emphasizes the publication, came to Tymoshenko's defense not because she is an angel but brcause this case is an example of the arbitrariness of Ukrainian Justice.