News / Europe

Ukraine's President Vows Non-Interference in Tymoshenko Trial

Presidents Viktor Yanukovych (l) and Dmitry Medvedev meeting in Sochi, Aug 11, 2011
Presidents Viktor Yanukovych (l) and Dmitry Medvedev meeting in Sochi, Aug 11, 2011

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has rejected calls to intervene in the trial of former prime minister and political rival Yulia Tymoshenko.

Yanukovych has been criticized by the West for his government's handling of the Tymoshenko trial, which many Western governments say appears to be politically motivated.

Replying specifically to a letter from Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Yanukovych said he could not, and would not, interfere in the work of the courts, calling such action "unacceptable."  He added that the Ukrainian court system is independent and unbiased.  

Klaus sought assurance from Yanukovych that Tymoshenko's trial is not politically motivated.

The charges against Tymoshenko stem from a 2009 deal that ended Russia's cutoff of natural gas to Ukraine.  Ukrainian prosecutors say she broke the law by not consulting with her government before signing the deal, which they say was not advantageous for Ukraine and cost the country $190 million.  She has denied the charges.

The former prime minister was jailed last week after being held in contempt by the trial judge.  The judge has ignored U.S., European and Russian criticism, and has kept her in jail as her trial proceeds.

The gas deal signed by Tymoshenko was among the topics covered in a meeting Thursday in Sochi  between Yanukovych and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.  The Ukrainian leader said the two sides need to seek a compromise in their dispute over gas prices.

Earlier this week, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia expressed concern about Tymoshenko's case and the rule of law in Ukraine, saying all Ukrainians are entitled to fair, transparent and independent judicial proceedings. The United States also expressed concern.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

US Firms Concerned About China's New Cyber Regulations

New rules would require technology companies doing business in financial sector to hand over their source code, adopt Chinese encryption algorithms More

WHO Focus on Ebola Shifts to Ending Outbreak

Focus to be less on building facilities and more on efforts to find infected people, manage their cases, engage with communities and ensure proper burials More

US Scientist Who Conceived of Groundbreaking Laser Technology Dies

Charles Townes, Nobel laureate, laser co-creator paved way for other scientific discoveries: CDs, eye surgery, metal cutters to name a few technologies that rely on lasers More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Webi
X
January 29, 2015 9:58 AM
Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
Video

Video Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Web

Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
Video

Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Freedom on Decline Worldwide, Report Says

The state of global freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2014, according to global watchdog Freedom House's annual report released Wednesday. VOA's William Gallo has more.
Video

Video As Ground Shifts, Obama Reviews Middle East Strategy

The death of Saudi Arabia’s king, the collapse of a U.S.-friendly government in Yemen and a problematic relationship with Israel’s leadership are presenting a new set of complications for the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Not only is the U.S. leader dealing with adversaries in Iran, the Islamic State and al-Qaida, but he is now juggling trouble with traditional allies, as White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video MRI Seems to Help Diagnose Prostate Cancer, Preliminary Study Shows

Just as with mammography used to detect breast cancer, there's a lot of controversy about tests used to diagnose prostate cancer. Fortunately, a new study shows doctors may now have a more reliable way to diagnose prostate cancer for high risk patients. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
Video

Video Smartphones About to Make Leap, Carry Basic Senses

Long-distance communication contains mostly sounds and pictures - for now. But scientists in Britain say they are close to creating additions for our smartphones that will make it possible to send taste, smell and even a basic touch. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
Video

Video Saved By a Mistake - an Auschwitz Survivor's Story

Dagmar Lieblova was 14 when she arrived at Auschwitz in December 1943, along with her entire Czech Jewish family. All of them were to die there, but she was able to leave after several months due to a bureaucratic mix-up which saved her life. Now 85, with three children and six grandchildren, she says she has a feeling of victory. This report by Ahmad Wadiei and Farin Assemi, of RFE/RL's Radio Farda is narrated by RFE’s Raymond Furlong.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid