Tymoshenko case: Europe pressure on Ukraine intensifies
Several European leaders have cancelled visits to Ukraine amid growing concern over alleged mistreatment of the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
Both EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding will boycott the Euro 2012 tournament in Ukraine.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel may do so too. A spokesman said any such visit would depend on Ms Tymoshenko’s fate.
Five European presidents are avoiding a summit next month in Yalta, Ukraine.
A Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman said the presidents of Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Slovenia would not attend the Yalta summit of Central and East European leaders on 11-12 May.
“We’re announcing it beforehand, so that nobody makes any sensation out of it. There is no reason for seeing a [diplomatic] protest behind it,” spokesman Oleg Voloshin said.
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