Claims of murder jeopardizing EU-Ukraine summit

By on January 28, 2013
Yulia Tymoshenko November 2009

The statement by Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is suspected of organizing the murder of businessman and lawmaker Yevhen Scherban in 1996 jeopardizes the holding of the upcoming Ukraine-EU summit, and this may be in the interests of Russia, leader of the Batkivschyna parliamentary faction Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.

“I have several theories about what happened. As the news [about the PGO’s suspicions] calls into question the holding of the EU-Ukraine summit, I do not rule out that other countries, including Russia, were interested in there being such developments. The issues of Ukraine’s European prospects and freeing Yulia Tymoshenko should not only be raised at the upcoming summit, but be resolved there,” Yatseniuk said in an interview with the Korrespondent magazine, published on his Web site on Monday.

“This also may be the consequences of a struggle within the president’s entourage. The opening of a new criminal case against Tymoshenko has destroyed whatever remained of the trust in [Ukrainian President Viktor] Yanukovych,” he added.

credit: interfax

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