At the Yalta European Strategy forum in Crimea the former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice handed a letter addressed to illegitimately jailed Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Also, Rice said:
The trial and imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko has caused concern. The case is being closely monitored. Ukrainian people should push their own government on the issue to achieve a result in the Tymoshenko case, as well as to reverse the rollbacks on democracy.
Earlier in the day, Rice ignored a photo opportunity with Yanukovych, who delivered a speech at the same conference earlier in the day.
In the same time, minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Carl Bildt, Chairman of Committee on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament Elmar Brok and Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule stressed during their meeting with President Yanukovych in Yalta that the persecution of Yulia Tymoshenko must stop.

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