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Ukraine: Parliament must come to agreement on 'Tymoshenko law' - Vitali Klitschko01:52

Ukraine: Parliament must come to agreement on 'Tymoshenko law' - Vitali Klitschko

Ukraine, Kiev
November 8, 2013 at 14:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: Parliament must come to agreement on 'Tymoshenko law' - Vitali Klitschko

The Ukrainian parliament decided to establish a working group on Friday to decide on a potential law which would allow imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to leave the country for medical treatment. The law must be approved by both government and opposition. 289 lawmakers out of 450 voted for the creation of the group.

Tymoshenko was jailed in 2011 for seven years for abusing her powers in office. However, the European Union has stipulated that Kiev must release the former PM if it wants to complete the signing of association and free-trade agreements at the EU-Ukraine summit in Vilnius on November 28.

Leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and reigning WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko spoke about the decision. He said "it will not be possible to sign the EU-Ukraine association agreement in Vilnius" without reaching a decision on the Yulia Tymoshenko case.

Earlier on Thursday parliament was unable to accept any of the four proposed bills which would solve the Tymoshenko case.

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Ukraine: Parliament must come to agreement on 'Tymoshenko law' - Vitali Klitschko

The Ukrainian parliament decided to establish a working group on Friday to decide on a potential law which would allow imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to leave the country for medical treatment. The law must be approved by both government and opposition. 289 lawmakers out of 450 voted for the creation of the group.

Tymoshenko was jailed in 2011 for seven years for abusing her powers in office. However, the European Union has stipulated that Kiev must release the former PM if it wants to complete the signing of association and free-trade agreements at the EU-Ukraine summit in Vilnius on November 28.

Leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and reigning WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko spoke about the decision. He said "it will not be possible to sign the EU-Ukraine association agreement in Vilnius" without reaching a decision on the Yulia Tymoshenko case.

Earlier on Thursday parliament was unable to accept any of the four proposed bills which would solve the Tymoshenko case.

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