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Ukraine PM cancels visit to Russia over arrest warrant

[JURIST] Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official profile] cancelled her scheduled weekend visit to Russia [government website in Russian] Wednesday, following statements by Russian Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov [MosNews profile] that Russia would not withdraw an international arrest warrant out against Tymoshenko. Russian prosecutors have charged Tymoshenko with criminal bribery of Russian Defense officials in her previous position as head of United Energy Systems of Ukraine. Tymoshenko met with Russian President Vladimir Putin [official profile] last month, at which time he allegedly assured her that Russia would recognize her legitimate diplomatic status and would not proceed with prosecution against her while she was in office. Tymoshenko was one of the key figures in the "Orange Revolution" in the Ukraine [government website] earlier this year. It is unclear if Tymoshenko will reschedule her visit to Russia. MosNews has local coverage.

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