Ukraine's foreign minister Monday accused the Cabinet and parliament of dragging their feet on legislation that would help the post-Soviet nation join the World Trade Organization, RIA Novosti reported.

Spokesmen for the pro-presidential Our Ukraine bloc quoted Minister Boris Tarasyuk as saying: "The latest WTO-related developments give little hope for optimism. I think the Cabinet, and especially the Supreme Rada, are disrupting timeframes on the preparation and consideration of bills that could pave the way for [Ukraine's] WTO accession."

"Failure to deliver will become yet further proof that the pact's provisions are being ignored," Tarasyuk said.

Last Thursday, five Cabinet ministers allied with Yushchenko submitted their resignations, citing the Yanukovych-led coalition's attempts to disrupt the president's election promises, including integration into major Western blocs.


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