Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon has expressed the U.S. Government’s concern over plans by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office to open new cases against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

“We urge the Government of Ukraine to cease further prosecutions against Yulia Tymoshenko and other political opposition leaders. While two former members of Ms. Tymoshenko’s former Cabinet were released earlier this year, we are disturbed to see the Prosecutor General’s Office continuing to pursue additional investigations against Ms. Tymoshenko and Mr. Lutsenko,” Gordon said at a conference in Washingtonorganized by the Center for U.S.-Ukrainian Relations.