KIEV, November 15, /ITAR-TASS/. The leader of the parliament faction of Ukraine’s opposition Batkivshchina Party, Arseny Yatsenyuk, was denied permission to meet on Friday with inmate Yulia Timoshenko in a Kharkov hospital, saying this was a warning of “a breakdown” of the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius.
Yatsenyuk was speaking after the penitentiary service had not allowed him as well as Timoshenko’s close ally Yuri Lutsenko with the wife to meet with the inmate, serving a seven-year prison term for abuse of power in the signing of gas agreements with Russia.
The prison service announced on Friday morning that visits of inmate Timoshenko at the hospital of Ukrainian Railways in Kharkov had been restricted in connection with her illness.
However, Yatsenyuk believes the reason behind that is absolutely different. “As soon as the opposition together with Yuri Lutsenko announced a large-scale action in Kiev on November 24, we were denied permission to meet with Timoshenko,” he said. “We were planning to discuss with Yulia our activity before the summit in Vilnius and after it, as well as our plans for the presidential election of 2015,” he added.
Meanwhile, local media are circulating on Friday an article of the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, according to which Pat Cox and Alexander Kwasniewski from the monitoring mission of the European Parliament had received pledges from the secretary of the Ukrainian Council for National Security and Defence, Andrei Klyuyev, that the parliament would pass on November 19 a law allowing Timoshenko to receive medical treatment abroad, while the president would sign it on November 20.