EU: Ukraine deal awaiting action on Tymoshenko

The European Union says it has a technical agreement with Ukraine on a free trade deal, but Kiev has to move on political issues linked to the jailing of a former prime minister before that can become a full accord.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko speaks during her trial at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. AP photo

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko speaks during her trial at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. AP photo

The office of EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said Thursday the agreement was reached during talks with Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Klyuyev, two days after a visit by President Viktor Yanukovych was indefinitely postponed when it became clear opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko would not be immediately released.

De Gucht’s spokesman John Clancy says it is now up to Ukraine’s leadership to create the right political conditions to make sure the full deal can be signed and enacted.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
BRUSSELS – Associated Press