15:05 21.09.2013

Polish foreign minister: Tymoshenko issue remains risk on Ukraine's road to association with EU

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Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has advised Ukraine to resolve the case of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in order to eliminate risks of not signing the Association Agreement with the EU at a summit in Vilnius in late November.

"This is a test of trust. The case of Tymoshenko is very important, don't take any risks," he said at the 10th Yalta Annual Meeting on Saturday.

Sikorski said that this issue is important to Europe's influential leaders, in particular, Angela Merkel, who may soon be elected for the third time as German chancellor.

He also called on Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Tymoshenko to resolve this issue in the near future.

At the same time, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, who spoke at the meeting with his Polish counterpart, said that he could not comment on the president's position on the issue, which he expressed the day before.

Sikorski also said that Poland is against the pressure being exerted on Ukraine on its path to the EU.

"The Iron Curtain fell a long time ago, but certain dividing lines still remain on our continent," he said.

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