Germany asked to treat Ukraine's jailed ex-PM

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Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, left, and Ukrainian opposition party Udar (Punch) chairman and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, right, pose with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle for photographers in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, June 21, 2013. Yatsenyuk asked Westerwelle Friday to help send jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to Germany. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The party of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is asking the German government to arrange for her to be flown to Germany for treatment for a back problem.

Tymoshenko ally Arseniy Yatsenyuk asked German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Friday to help send her to Germany. The move is seen as an initial face-saving measure acceptable to both Western governments and President Viktor Yanukovych, whose relations have been strained by Tymoshenko's imprisonment.

Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year sentence on charges of abuse of office, which Western countries have condemned as politically motivated. The European Union has warned it will not sign a long-awaited cooperation agreement with Ukraine until it resolves what the EU calls issues of "selective justice."

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