European People’s Party President Wilfried Martens says he is ready to help organize a medical examination for Yulia Tymoshenko by European doctors.

"I am convinced that Mrs. Tymoshenko and her colleagues need urgent medical help. I was asked to contact Doctors without Borders in my country to help them," Wilfried Martens said at a press conference, according to Tymoshenko's official website.

The EPP president also said that during his meeting with Viktor Yanukovych he informed the president that he was not given permission to visit Yulia Tymoshenko in jail. "I began my discussion with the president by telling him that I was not allowed to visit Yulia Tymoshenko. It was my will and intention to do this and I also wanted them to allow medical care to be given to her and others [in prison]. The president said: "I respect your beliefs," said Wilfried Martens.

He again stressed that Yulia Tymoshenko must be released from custody because, in his opinion, the criminal case opened against the ex-premier is political. "I urge the authorities of this country to release Mrs. Tymoshenko immediately," he said.

Earlier this week, Wilfried Martens asked the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv for permission to visit Yulia Tymoshenko in jail, but the request was denied by Judge Rodion Kireyev.

EPP President Wilfried Martens is visiting Ukraine September 13-16 at the invitation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ukraine.

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