President Yanukovych's spokesmen are actively either trying to put a positive spin on Thursday's "European Parliament resolution on the current developments in Ukraine", or are accusing the EU of double or inconsistent standards. They are denying linkage between further progress in Ukraine's Euro-integration and Tymoshenko's release.
The resolution itself is quite clever.
[The Europarliament] "Welcomes the agreement that has been reached on the conclusion of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement; regards this agreement as a solid basis for the possible finalisation of the negotiations on an Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine."
i.e. The details of the free trade and association agreements are all but sorted. and are, one could say, 'ready to go'.
The resolution "calls on the Council and Commission to reschedule the meeting with President Yanukovych so that it takes place ahead of the planned EU-Ukraine Summit in December 2011"
An offer Yanukovych can hardly refuse - so the ball is now definitely in Ukraine's court.
[The Europarliament] "Takes the view that a deepening of relations between the EU and Ukraine and the fact of offering Ukraine a European perspective are of great significance and in the interests of both parties; recognises Ukraine's aspirations pursuant to Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union, provided that all criteria, including respect for the principles of democracy, human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, are met;
Deplores the sentencing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko as a violation of human rights and an abuse of the judiciary for the purpose of the political suppression of Ukraine's leading opposition politician...[and] insists that Yulia Tymoshenko should be allowed to exercise her right to participate fully in the political process both as of now and in the forthcoming elections in Ukraine...
..expresses concern at some signs of decline in democratic freedoms and at the possible instrumentalisation of state institutions for partisan purposes and to exact political revenge"
Surely, if the EuroParliament insist Tymoshenko be allowed to participate fully in the political process right now..this means they are insisting she should be released right now, otherwise, no deal?
p.s. The official translation of "Deplores the sentencing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko" is "Засуджує обвинувальний вирок..
I.m.h.o this sounds rather soft; maybe "Vvazhaye zhalyuhidnym..would be better..
Treaty on European Union Article 2: The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.
Article 49, referred to in Thursday's European Parliament resolution, says that any European state that respects the "principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law", may apply to join the Union.