Since spring 2010 the Ukrainian prosecutor-general has been conducting an investigation against onetime members of the Government under former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The individuals in question, including Ms Tymoshenko, have been accused of abuse of authority. The former prime minister has not been permitted to leave Kyiv since 20 December 2010 on the grounds of charges that she misused public funds.
Werner Hoyer, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (4 January) in Berlin:
“President Victor Yanukovich’s intention of bringing Ukraine closer to the European Union and his related desire for stronger action against corruption in his country are to be welcomed. However, the names of those who are being investigated in this regard create the impression that the Ukrainian justice system is undertaking targeted, politically motivated actions against the former members of the Tymoshenko Government. The confirmation of this impression would present a major obstacle to Kyiv’s desire for closer ties with the European Union.”