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Ukrainian President says impossible to set Timoshenko free

November 21, 2013, 17:38 UTC+3 VIENNA
"A decision of this kind would contradict Ukrainian legislation," Yanukovich explained
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VIENNA, November 21. /ITAR-TASS/. It is impossible to set former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko free, as this is not allowed by Ukrainian legislation, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich told a news conference here Thursday.

When a reporter asked him when Timoshenko’s release from imprisonment could be expected, Yanukovich said: “This isn’t possible because a decision of this kind would contradict Ukrainian legislation and we must support observance of law, since we are a democratic state.”

Timoshenko is serving a seven-year jail term for what the Ukrainian judiciary describes as occupational abuses in the course of signing agreements on the purchases of Russian natural gas in 2009. Her release of imprisonment is a key condition for the signing of an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

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