US state department: if the Ukrainian regime continues to quash the opposition, this may seriously smear the country’s reputation and its European perspectives.Speaking to Dzerkalo Tyzhnya. Ukrayina July 16, US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Melia said the US are closely monitoring the trial against Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko.
“Ambassador John Tefft has voiced our grave concern over the fact that some of the court procedures look politically motivated,” Melia said.
“The future of Ukraine is in Europe. The fact that Brussels has also voiced its concern is a wake-up call for Ukraine: if the present course continues it will seriously smear Ukraine’s reputation and its European perspectives,” Melia said.
The US official also stressed that harassment of independent opposition media has increased over the past time.
Ukraine tax authorities are paying visits to the country’s media outlets more frequently than before. They also face problems attracting advertisements, he stressed.