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Yulia Tymoshenko

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Labour, Rotherham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Ukraine against the prison sentence given to Yulia Tymoshenko; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given by the Prime Minister on 12 October 2011, Hansard, column 315. We have repeatedly and consistently told representatives of the Ukrainian Government that the way the trials against their political opponents, including Ms Tymoshenko, have been conducted belies their commitment to a closer relationship with the EU. The Deputy Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend Mr Clegg, spoke directly to President Yanukovych during the Eastern Partnership summit in Warsaw on 29-30 September and told him that cases such as Tymoshenko's were a threat to UK parliamentary support for ratification of the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), issued a press statement on 12 October 2011 expressing deep concern about the verdict and sentence.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and to use every opportunity to urge the Ukrainian authorities to respect EU standards.

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