German president expects progress on Ukraine's Tymoshenko

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Posted: Oct 09, 2013 6:44 AM
German president expects progress on Ukraine's Tymoshenko

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - German President Joachim Gauck said on Wednesday he expected to see progress in the case of jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Julia Tymoshenko, an issue which has blocked the signing of a free trade deal between Ukraine and Brussels.

"We have been speaking about the necessity of progress in the case of Yulia Tymoshenko and I believe that we will witness actions that will satisfy us," Gauck said after a series of meetings in Poland that included the president of Ukraine.

The European Union wants Tymoshenko, who is serving a 7-year jail term for abuse of power, freed before it will sign an agreement with Ukraine on association and free trade.

(Reporting by Wojciech Zurawski; Writing by Marcin Goettig)