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Russia offers medical treatment to former Ukrainian Prime Minister Tymoshenko

05-04-2012 03:42 BJT

MOSCOW, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Russia is ready to accept Ukraine's imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko for medical treatment, President-elect Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

"If Yulia Vladimirovna (Tymoshenko) considers this necessary and if the Ukrainian authorities, our Ukrainian partners, agree, then we'll be glad to receive her here in Russia at any time convenient both for her and for the Ukrainian government and at any medical center," Putin told reporters.

Tymoshenko, 51, a main Ukrainian opposition leader who is serving her seven-year sentence in a prison, has been suffering from severe back pains since her conviction in October 2011.

Putin rejected calls to boycott the Euro 2012 football championship in Ukraine next month over the country's maltreatment of Tymoshenko who declared a hunger strike in April in the wake of an alleged assault by prison guards leaving her black and blue.

A number of European leaders, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have stated they may boycott the tournament if the conditions of Tymoshenko do not improve.

"I think no one should mix politics, business and other issues with sports. I stick to the principle professed by the International Olympic Committee: sports are outside politics," Putin said.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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