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German doctors to treat Tymoshenko in March: Kiev

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German doctors will head to Ukraine on March 2 to treat jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said on Tuesday.

"Today, the position is as follows: doctors will go between March 2 and 4 to treat Mrs Tymoshenko," Kozhara told reporters after a meeting with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle.

Doctors from the Charite hospital in Berlin, who have already been treating Tymoshenko for acute pain resulting from a herniated disc, were unable to travel to Kiev last weekend due to a "technical fault," said Kozhara.

For his part, Westerwelle stressed that the former prime minister had "a right to appropriate medical treatment" and said he "regretted" the fact that Charite medics had not been able to travel to Ukraine.

He also insisted on her right to a "fair" trial.

Tymoshenko, 52, has been in prison since August 2011 but was moved in May last year from her Kharkiv prison to a civilian hospital.

On Friday, the health ministry said she was fit to leave hospital, paving the way for her return to prison.

Tymoshenko is currently on trial on separate charges of fraud and tax evasion and was also charged in January with ordering the 1996 gangland-style shooting of a lawmaker.

Her imprisonment has provoked a serious rift between Ukraine and the European Union, which has called the charges against her politically motivated.

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