Interfax: Tymoshenko says opposition talks with authorities “pointless” – daughter

Yulia Tymoshenko file photo

KYIV. Feb 4 (Interfax) – Ukraine’s ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has criticized the talks between the opposition and authorities to settle the domestic situation, her daughter Yevheniya said.

“She believes the talks are pointless and unacceptable. They can only lead to questionable compromises. The authorities simply want to buy time. My mother is against half-measures,” Tymoshenko said in an interview with the Austrian newspaper Die Presse, Batkivshchyna Party said on its website on Tuesday.

Tymoshenko believes that very soon “citizens will win” and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will lose control over the domestic situation, the former prime minister’s daughter said.

That Europe has started talking about sanctions against the Ukrainian authorities is a positive fact, Yevheniya said for her part. “However, this should have been said much earlier. The sanctions must be introduced over the next few days so that they can finally affect those who are responsible for the violence,” Yevheniya Tymoshenko said.

Former prime minister Mykola Azarov “should be banned from entering the EU after his interior minister did nothing to stop the violence on the part of law enforcers,” she said.