If a political association agreement is signed between the EU and Ukraine, its ratification will depend on whether the 'unjustified' legal proceedings against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko are scrapped, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Saturday.

“The majority view (in the EU) is that the agreement can be finalised only if the Tymoshenko case is solved," French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said at a press conference in Sopot, Poland, after an informal summit of EU foreign ministers. "It means having a free and fair trial and abandoning the unjustified charges against her."

The EU-Ukraine deal is expected to be a main topic of discussion at a Warsaw summit on September 29-30 between the EU and its Eastern neighbours.

Calling on the EU to be 'loyal' towards its Eastern partners, Juppe said they should be told clearly that there was no chance for them to join the club. "We should not let them imagine" that, he said.

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