Germany said Saturday it was in talks with Kiev to determine whether jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko can obtain a medical leave for treatment in a German clinic.

Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year sentence in Ukraine after being convicted of abusing her power while serving as premier. Last month she rejected prison treatment for back pain, demanding medical care in a German clinic.

"The German government is currently in negotiations with the Ukranian government for Miss Tymoshenko to be treated in Germany," a government spokesman said, confirming reports published in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) daily newspaper.

According to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, negotiations are being held directly between the administration of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the Office of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to the newspaper, Kyiv even assured Berlin that it wants to create legal grounds so as to make the treatment of Ukrainian prisoners abroad possible. For its part, the Charite management is ready to receive Tymoshenko in Berlin.

Tymoshenko was examined by two doctors from a Berlin university clinic in February but refused a course of treatment in prison proposed by Ukrainian and German doctors. Doctors from Berlin-based Charite Clinic insist on her immediate treatment outside of the colony.

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