Member of the European Parliament Viola von Cramon-Taubadel called the case against President Petro Poroshenko "dirty political games". In her interview with Pryamy TV channel, she said that the European Parliament will impose sanctions against the persons involved in the political re-listing of the ex-president of Ukraine.
"In general, we can see that there is a threat of a significant setback in democratic standards in Ukraine. The use of politicized justice, electoral justice against political opponents... I am very disappointed that history is repeating itself again, we are going back to the pre-modern times and we are again seeing cases against political opponents. I would not recommend anyone in Ukraine - prosecutors, politicians or judges - to take part in these dirty political games", the MEP said.
"It is good when there is honest political competition. If we have elections ahead of us, it is necessary to fight in politics using political methods and not through the use of justice. And of course, when we see what political opponents we have in Ukraine today, the former president is a serious competitor and someone who can be a threat to the current president", von Cramon-Taubadel said.
Commenting on the possible international reaction to Poroshenko's arrest, she noted: "If you look at the period of 2010-2011, some judges and politicians were subject to individual sanctions. Of course, the sanctions must be respectfully imposed and cancelled. We are not interested in punishing those unaccountable to these disreputable political games. But the people who are totally supportive of these brutal political games are certainly liable to suffer political and economic consequences. We in the European Parliament are very clear on this. Of course, we will stand up for the same sanctions in the case of Ukraine. We will stand up for targeted sanctions against those individuals who are involved in these illicit games," the official concluded.