Barosso to Snub Euro 2012 in Ukraine over Tymoshenko Case

World | April 30, 2012, Monday // 17:21
Bulgaria: Barosso to Snub Euro 2012 in Ukraine over Tymoshenko Case EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Photo by RIA Novosti

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has declared that he has no intention of visiting Ukraine for the upcoming Euro 2012 football championship the country is co-hosting, unless there is a swift improvement in the human rights situation there.

"The president has no intention at this point in time of going to Ukraine or participating in events in Ukraine." Barosso's spokeswoman has commented upon whether the Commission had decided to boycott the event due to concerns over jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

The former Prime Minister of Ukraine is in jail on a seven-year sentence for abuse of power over the signing of an allegedly unfavorable gas supply contract with Russia after the 2009 gas crisis.

Tymoshenko herself claims that she is being targeted by her political opponent, Ukraine's current President Viktor Yanukovych.

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