Ukrainian Transport and Communications Minister Yosyp Vinsky has resigned, the ministry's press service reported on Wednesday.

"My statement [of resignation] has been stipulated by serious disagreements with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko over political, staff, and economic issues, as well as the ethics of relations between members of the Cabinet of Ministers," Vinsky said in his resignation letter, Kyiv Post reported.

Moreover, he also said that the premier was blocking the reforms that are extremely important for the transport sector, as well as the allocation of funds required to build infrastructure facilities linked to the holding of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship in Ukraine.

First Vice Premier Oleksandr Turchynov commented on the possibility of considering Vinsky's resignation at a government meeting on Wednesday.

"This question is currently not on the agenda, because this is the prerogative of the Verkhovna Rada," he said.

As reported, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on a national television channel that her eponymous bloc included a group of party members who were planning to nominate Vinsky for president.

Vinsky, in turn, refuted reports of his plans to run for the presidency.

Tymoshenko said earlier she would run for Ukraine's president.

Vinsky was one of the leaders in the Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU). He left the party after it had formed a coalition with the Regions Party and the Communist Party in the Verkhovna Rada of the fifth convocation. He was elected an MP in the Ukrainian parliament of the sixth convocation on the party ticket of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko. In December 2007, he was appointed Ukraine's transport and communications minister.


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