KYIV (QHA) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych says he will sign a bill that would allow jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to travel abroad for medical treatment, informs RFE/RL. Yanukovych said on October 17 that such a bill has been drawn up, adding, "Naturally, if parliament adopts this bill, I will sign it." As reported earlier, Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2011 on abuse-of-office charges that were widely seen as politically motivated. EU leaders have linked the signing of an association and free-trade agreement with Ukraine with Tymoshenko's release. Ukraine hopes to sign the agreement at a November 28-29 summit in Vilnius. EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele and Tymoshenko's daughter, Yevhenia, have both said they expect Tymoshenko will be allowed to go to Germany for treatment of persistent back trouble before the summit. As reported, Fuele said on October 17 he expected Tymoshenko will be released "before the Vilnius summit."

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