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EU envoys set deadline for release of jailed ex-Ukrainian PM

  • Eugenia Tymoshenko, daughter of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko  attend a session at the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.  A vote on various bills that would allow former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany from prison is scheduled for Thursday. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Eugenia Tymoshenko, daughter of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko attend a session at the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. A vote on various bills that would allow former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany from prison is scheduled for Thursday. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, centre talks to lawmakers in the parliament session hall, in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. A vote on various bills that would allow former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany from prison is scheduled for Thursday. The words emblazoned on his shirt reads,'Freedom for Yulia.' (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, centre talks to lawmakers in the parliament session hall, in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. A vote on various bills that would allow former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany from prison is scheduled for Thursday. The words emblazoned on his shirt reads,'Freedom for Yulia.' (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lawmaker and chairman of the Ukrainian opposition party Udar (Punch), WBC Heavyweight Champion boxer Vitali Klitschko, center, attends a rally in front of parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. A vote on various bills that would allow former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany from prison is scheduled for Thursday.  The words emblazoned on this shirt reads, 'Ukraine is Europe'.  (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Lawmaker and chairman of the Ukrainian opposition party Udar (Punch), WBC Heavyweight Champion boxer Vitali Klitschko, center, attends a rally in front of parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. A vote on various bills that would allow former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany from prison is scheduled for Thursday. The words emblazoned on this shirt reads, 'Ukraine is Europe'. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

A Ukrainian opposition spokeswoman says two European Union envoys have given the Ukrainian parliament a week to pass legislation allowing the release of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, if Kiev wants to sign a key integration treaty with the EU.

Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year term on abuse of office charges, which the West has condemned as politically motivated.

President Viktor Yanukovych and his allies in parliament have resisted Western pressure to free her.

Olha Lappo, a spokeswoman for Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a top Ukrainian opposition leader and ally of Tymoshenko, said Thursday that the EU envoys, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former European Parliament President Pat Cox, have told Ukrainian legislators to adopt a law by Wednesday that would allow Tymoshenko to be flown to Germany for medical treatment.