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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Won't Arrest Tymoshenko

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov said Tuesday that Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will enjoy immunity from arrest if she travels to Russia despite a criminal case against her.

His statement retracted his warning last month that Tymoshenko could be arrested if she were to enter Russia and appeared to signal a softening of Moscow's attitude to Ukraine's new government.

Tymoshenko "won't have any problems if she wants to visit Russia," Ustinov said at a meeting with Russian media editors, Itar-Tass reported. "State leaders, including prime ministers, enjoy immunity worldwide."

At the same time, Ustinov said that his office would not drop its criminal case against Tymoshenko. "Has anyone returned the hundreds of millions of dollars stolen from Russian state coffers?" he said. Prosecutors have accused Tymoshenko of bribing Russian defense officials and issued an international arrest warrant for her. Tymoshenko has denied the charges as political.