Poland and Ukraine are “working hard, and, it seems, in a fruitful way” in view of the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Polish President Bronisław Komorowski said after meeting his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych in Kraków on Monday.
The main subject of the presidents' meeting was the possible signing of an association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, which may take place at the November summit on the proviso that Poland's neighbor fulfills all the necessary conditions.
The EU is demanding that Ukraine releases former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was sentenced for seven years for allegedly acting against national interests when signing an energy deal with Russia in 2009. Brussels believes that Ms Tymoshenko was put behind bars for political reasons, however.
Meanwhile, at the end of last week special envoys from the European Parliament – former EP President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski – appealed to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to pardon Ms Tymoshenko. According to Ms Tymoshenko's lawyer, Serhij Vlasenko, the envoys have already met with the Ukrainian president.
On the basis of a report drafted by the two statesmen, the European Parliament will have the ultimate say on whether Ukraine signs the association deal or not.
Monday's meeting in Kraków concerned “the perspective of bringing down the last obstacles to success,” President Komorowski said.
The Ukrainian president furthermore stressed his counterpart's role in the process. “I would like to underline the especially important role of President Komorowski in the issue of Ukraine's getting closer to the European Union,” Mr Yanukovych said.
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