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KIEV, September 23 (Itar-Tass) — Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said it inexpedient to comment on the US Congress’ resolution on Ukraine for the declarative and non-binding character of the document, Ukraine’s local media report referring to press service of the Foreign Ministry, which said Kiev had always considered the US Senate as an example of parliamentary, of high standards of democracy, of paramount of right, and of following of democratic procedures.
However, the document on doubtful procedure, which was adopted there, is difficult to consider seriously.
“Authors of the resolution on Yulia Timoshenko tried at any expense to be ahead of protests from other senators against this document, they made corrections in a hurry, and suggested the senate adopted the resolution “audibly” just several minutes the Congress’ session is over, where only half a dozen members of the upper house of the American parliament were present,” the foreign ministry said. The ministry’s comment says “Timoshenko’s supporters have done everything to launch in Ukraine’s information space another falsified reason for loud groundless discussions and discrediting of upcoming parliamentary elections. These efforts contradict with Ukraine’s national interests and are doomed to a failure.”
The US Congress adopted a resolution, which threatens political sanctions against Ukraine’s authorities for keeping in prison of the country’s former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko. The document reads that the trial had been politically motivated and she should be set free immediately, as she requires medical treatment.
The resolution, drafted at the initiative of James Inhofe, a senator representing the Republican Party, urges the Department of State not to issue the US entry visas for Ukrainian officials responsible for the imprisonment and bad treatment of Yulia Timoshenko, as well as for bad treatment of over a dozen of political leaders connected with the Orange Revolution of 2004.
Besides, the senators urged Ukraine “to have parliamentary elections in October by honest and transparent ways, in compliance with standards of the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe.”
The US legislators expressed concern that “the continuing imprisonment of Timoshenko threatens worsening of relations between the United States and Ukraine.”