Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former European Parliament President Pat Cox say they handed to former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko a proposal to undergo treatment in Germany, and the ex-premier accepted it.
"Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski have passed to me a proposal to undergo treatment in Germany, and I accepted it," the ex-premier's defence counsel, Serhiy Vlasenko, said when reading aloud a statement by Tymoshenko at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday. At the same time, Tymoshenko stated that she would not seek political asylum. According to Vlasenko, Cox and Kwasniewski also handed over to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych a petition to pardon Tymoshenko. "A few hours ago I had a meeting with the members of the European Parliament's mission, Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski. They allowed me to inform you that today, while meeting with [President] Viktor Yanukovych to discuss the legal side of taking [Yulia] Tymoshenko abroad, Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski submitted a petition to pardon Yulia Tymoshenko, signed by them," Vlasenko said. "A special mission of the European Parliament headed by Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski is working on the settlement of political prisoners' problems in Ukraine, and they regularly negotiate my release with Viktor Yanukovych. I'm very grateful to them and all world leaders who delegated them, gave them this mandate, and support their activities. Cox and Kwasniewski handed to me a proposal to leave for treatment in Germany. I am officially accepting this proposal," Tymoshenko said in a statement disclosed by Vlasenko. At the same time, Tymoshenko stressed that she had not agreed to undergo treatment in Germany because she distrusts Ukrainian doctors and medical staff. She thanked all doctors, nurses, recreation therapists and everyone who helped her at Kharkiv-based Central Clinical Hospital.