YALTA, Ukraine (AP) — Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says the EU will not sign a cooperation deal with Ukraine until former premier Yulia Tymoshenko is released from jail.
Grybauskaite, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, said Friday that Ukraine will have to implement key reforms in order to sign a cooperation deal with the EU in November, including resolving the issue of Tymoshenko, whose jailing the West condemns as politically motivated. "Without that there will be no signature," she said.
Russia opposes the deal, wants to woo Kiev into a Moscow-led economic union and recently temporary halted some Ukrainian imports at its border.
EU officials say that European solidarity with Ukraine in the face of Russian pressure does not exempt it from releasing Tymoshenko.
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