The verdict against Ukraine’s ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko proved that the case was politically motivated, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

"The verdict in the Tymoshenko case was pronounced within the framework of a procedure that clearly ignored the defendant’s rights. This confirms that the prosecution of Tymoshenko and her government members is politically motivated,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.

He reiterated his country’s concern about “the degradation of the rule of law in Ukraine.”
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt believes that the guilty verdict in the Yulia Tymoshenko case will endanger tolerant relations between Ukraine and the EU.

"We have reacted strongly against the sentence against Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine. This will endanger the entire relationship," Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter.

Ukraine is putting its pro-European image at risk by giving its former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, a prison sentence for abuse of power, said the foreign ministry of Poland, the country that is holding the European Union’s rotating presidency in this half of the year.

“Poland has consistently supported, and still supports, the Ukrainian nation in its European choice. Ukraine’s European aspirations stand for the necessity to strengthen and apply the norms and standards typical of the political and social order of the European Union,” it said.

“Poland along with the European Union and its member states observe with concern the trial of the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The manner in which the trial is conducted and today’s conviction are the example of politicization of the Ukrainian judiciary. Ukraine’s image as a country that is undertaking a fundamental pro-European transformation has been tarnished.

It added the trial should be “fair, transparent and conducted in compliance with all the rights that the accused should enjoy.”

“Further proceedings will demonstrate whether or not Ukraine is moving towards or drifting away from the European integration — the goal its leaders declared to pursue and Ukrainian society keenly supports,” it said.

A Ukrainian court's guilty verdict against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko for abuse of power will cast a 'negative spotlight' on the country and have consequences on its European relations, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Tuesday.

'This unfortunately throws a very negative spotlight on the Ukraine's justice system,' read a statement released shortly after the verdict was handed down.

'This verdict cannot help but have consequences for our, and the European Union's, relations with Ukraine.'

He said Germany would keep a close eye on further actions against Tymoshenko and other members of her regime, which lost power after elections in 2010. Since then, several members of the former government have faced legal action.

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