Posted on 09.05.2013 in EU and the Eastern Partnership, News, Ukraine

Tusk: Ukraine continues to understand Europe better

The release of ex-interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko and his further treatment in Poland show that Kyiv and Europe are beginning to understand one another better.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said this, commenting on the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a correspondent of UKRINFORM reported.

“We have the impression, and maybe it has a connection with the decision of the European Court, as well as the ambitions concerning the signing of the Association Agreement, that the Ukrainians continue to better understand that, with such a baggage of suspicions, they will not make a great progress on the European path,” the Polish prime minister said, adding, “First of all, Ukraine is beginning to understand that European standards also involve the relations power – opposition, government – former government.”

He reminded that recently he had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov, who invited him on a visit to Kyiv as soon as possible.

The chairman of the Polish government also told about the impressions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski from his visit to Kyiv. “He (Sikorski – ed.) had the impression that President Yanukovych better and more deeply understands the need for humane treatment of Yulia Tymoshenko, even if the power in Kyiv is convinced that they have committed a misdemeanor or a crime,” Tusk said.

He expressed the belief that “it is always necessary to look through a big magnifying glass at the situation when the current government imprisons the previous one.” “Sometimes there is no way out, but it always gives rise to legitimate concerns,” the prime minister said.

As reported, April 30 the European Court of Human Rights declared the decision on the Tymoshenko case, in which it recognized the illegality of her arrest, but refused to accept the majority of the ex-premier’s complaints.