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EU to keep ties with Ukraine despite criticism over Tymoshenko trial - Polish FM

© RIA Novosti . Eduard Pesov / Go to the photo bankPolish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski  - Sputnik International
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Warsaw and Kiev will continue cooperation despite the EU's criticism over the trial against the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Saturday.

Warsaw and Kiev will continue cooperation despite the EU's criticism over the trial against the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Saturday.

Kiev is now in talks with the EU on the creation of the free trade zone and the facilitation of visa regime.

"Despite the ongoing trial against the Ukrainian ex-premier, Yulia Tymoshenko, the talks on the new EU-Ukrainian agreement will continue," Sikorski said during an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in the Baltic resort city of Sopot.

Tymoshenko, 50, was arrested in early August. She is accused of damaging Ukraine's national interests by signing "unfair" gas supply deals with Russia as prime minister in 2009 and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Currently Ukraine's leading opposition figure, Tymoshenko has denied all the charges brought against her as politically motivated.

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