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KIEV, October 29 (Itar-Tass) - Ukraine’s jailed former prime minister, Yulia Timoshenko, will not be pardoned, but she may well receive an opportunity to undergo medical treatment abroad, Ukrainian parliamentary speaker Vladimir Rybak said at a plenary session of the committee for local government affairs on Tuesday.
Rybak said that the Verkhovna Rada was considering three bills regarding the future of Yulia Timoshenko, two of which envisage amendments to allow prisoners with severe diseases and no opportunity to recover in prison to undergo medical treatment abroad. These bills are to be considered next week.
“We will, finally, be able to deliver a verdict on the Timosheko case then. The Verkhovna Rada may possibly pass such a bill”, added Rybak.
Another bill, the one for pardoning Yulia Timoshenko was initiated by the Opposition. However, the parliamentary spokesman believes the Verkhovna Rada will reject it.
The Timoshenko issue settlement is a major condition the European Union has set for signing the Association Agreement with Ukraine.
The leaders of the European Parliament monitoring mission, former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski are arriving in Ukraine on a visit on Tuesday. For the next three days they will be working in Kiev and Kharkov, where Ukraine’s former Prime Minister, Yulia Timoshenko, is serving her jail term.
Previously, Cox and Kwasniewski visited Ukraine last week. As the result of their visit Timoshenko agreed to accept any proposals from the European mission for the sake of Ukraine’s future in Europe.
Cox and Kwasniewski asked Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich to pardon Timoshenko.