KIEV, November (ITAR-TASS). Former Prime Minister and opposition Batkivshchina party leader Yulia Timoshenko urged EU leaders to sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine without preconditions.
In a letter to the EU leadership, which was made public by her daughter Evgeniya on Wednesday, November 27, Timoshenko said, in part, “If yielding to the pressure from mass Ukrainian protests in the country and abroad, [President Viktor] Yanukovich at the last minute decides to sign the Agreement, with minuscule hope for that still remaining, I ask you to sign the document without hesitation and conditions, including that concerning my release.”
Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of the Republic of Poland and co-chair of the European Parliament’s monitoring mission to Ukraine, said that the signing of the agreement would be postponed indefinitely if no consensus was reached at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius on November 28-29.
He said that elections to the European Parliament were due in 2014, to be followed by the election of a new European Commission, with presidential elections in Ukraine slated for 2015. “At least two years will be lost,” Kwasniewski said.
He does not rule out that the situation may change two years from now and may even be worse than the current one.
According to Kwasniewski, not only the monitoring mission or the EU but also Ukrainian politicians understand how high the stakes in this battle are. “This is a geopolitical battle which will decide the future of the whole of Europe, Ukraine, the EU and Russia,” he said.
On November 13, the European Parliament extended its monitoring mission to Ukraine until the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius.
In their report to the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, Kwasniewski and Pat Cox, the other co-chair of the monitoring mission to Ukraine, said, however, that “it would be premature to conclude that compliance with the conditions set has been met or alternatively that such compliance still cannot be achieved. In our considered opinion the issues outstanding can be resolved by one means or another. What is critical is not the capacity to deliver a solution but rather the political will to do so. What is indispensable in the coming week is to find that political will, to act and to deliver,” they said.
The release of Timoshenko is one of the conditions.
“After several months of reflection and discussion of different options, the mission suggested the partial pardoning of Mrs Yulia Timoshenko as the most viable way to resolve the remaining problem of selective justice. This option would represent the minimum requirement capable of yielding the maximum effect, would depend solely on the authority and goodwill of the President of Ukraine and would not involve delegating responsibility to other institutions and would not necessitate changing any existing legislation,” they said.
Cox and Kwasniewski stressed that “time is running out to achieve compliance with the conditions required for the signature of the Association Agreement on 29 November 2013.”
On November 21, the Ukrainian government suspended the preparations for signing the Association Agreement with the EU.