(QHA) - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has said that the EU will not sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine if the problem of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko remains unsettled, AFP informed.
"If the law that solves the Tymoshenko issue is not adopted, EU member states will definitely not sign an agreement with Ukraine," she said.
She also added, there are no guarantees that it could be signed after a year or two. The pause in relations may take a very long period of time.
Ukraine's parliament is expected to begin debate November 21 of proposed legislation that could allow jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to travel abroad for medical treatment, RFE reports.
The debate comes after an earlier attempt on November 20 to discuss the bill was postponed and after the parliament also failed to agree on the bill last week.
The EU has conditioned the signing of a key free-trade agreement with Kyiv in Vilnius next week upon Ukraine meeting its demands for judicial and democratic reforms.
Those demands include the release of Tymoshenko, whose conviction on abuse-of-office charges is seen by Brussels as "selective justice."
As reported, the EU's Eastern Partnership summit is scheduled for November 28-29 in the Lithuanian capital.