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Statement of the Visegrad countries on the situation in Ukraine

The Visegrad countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - express their concern with the recent situation in Ukraine triggered by the decision of the Pechersk District Court and the following arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko

The Visegrad countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - express their concern with the recent situation in Ukraine triggered by the decision of the Pechersk District Court and the following arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko. The Visegrad countries find the decision inadequate to the charges of violating court rules and impeding proceedings. The Visegrad countries believe that fair, transparent and independent judicial procedure should be granted to all Ukrainians. Avoiding the perception of political interference in legal processes is considered one of the key benchmarks of the rule of law in Ukraine.

 The Visegrad countries - as active supporters of European aspirations of Ukraine - express their hope that Ukrainian authorities will be able to endorse these aspirations by the proper functioning of the rule of law, fair judicial procedures, as well as high standards of democracy in Ukraine.