Ukrainian Parliament fails to pass any of Tymoshenko laws

21 November 2013 13:00
KYIV (QHA) - Ukraine's parliament has failed to pass legislation that would have allowed jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to travel abroad for medical treatment, Radio Free Europe informs. Failure to pass the legislation puts in doubt the signing of a key free-trade agreement with the European Union. The EU has made the signing of an Association Agreement with Ukraine at a summit in Vilnius next week conditional upon Kyiv meeting its demands for judicial and democratic reforms. Those include the release of Tymoshenko, whose conviction on abuse-of-office charges is seen by Brussels as "selective justice." On November 21, Ukraine's Verhovna Rada rejected six bills that had been put forward on allowing the convicts like Tymoshenko getting treatment abroad. The bills failed to get the support of the ruling Party of Regions. The Ukrainian opposition has accused President Viktor Yanukovych of deliberately trying to stall the legislation.