President Viktor Yanukovych has said that the Verkhovna Rada can make a decision on the possible treatment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko abroad, and promised to sign such a law.
"The political forces represented in parliament have currently prepared a bill that will help resolve this task. There's currently no law in Ukraine that would allow Tymoshenko to travel abroad. Once this issue is resolved in parliament and I have this law on my table, then it will be a question for the president. Of course, if parliament adopts this law, I'll sign it," he told reporters in Svitlodarsk (Donetsk region) on Thursday. "As for mechanisms... there will most likely be a meeting of the court that will decide on the mechanism of departure and the preservation of certain guarantees," he said. Tymoshenko was arrested on August 5, 2011 during her trial on what is referred to as the gas case. On October 11, 2011, the Pechersky District Court in Kyiv sentenced Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for exceeding her authority when signing gas supply contracts with Russia in 2009. She has been serving her sentence at the Kachanivska correctional facility in Kharkiv since late December 2011. On May 9, 2012, Tymoshenko was moved from the prison to Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv. The procedures for the ex-premier's treatment in hospital have been selected by German doctors from the Charite Clinic. Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former European Parliament President Pat Cox became observers from the European Parliament on the trial of ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko and began their work on June 11, 2012. The relevant agreement was reached between Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. On October 4, 2013, it was announced that Kwasniewski and Cox had handed to Tymoshenko a proposal to undergo treatment in Germany and the ex-premier had accepted it. They also submitted a petition to the Ukrainian president asking him to pardon Tymoshenko. Releasing Tymoshenko or sending her abroad for treatment is one of the conditions for the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The issue of signing the agreement will be considered at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius this November.