The government of Austria intends to boycott all the matches of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship in Ukraine as a protest against the situation with the jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko. The statement was made by Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Austria Michael Spindelegger, according to the Austrian media.
"None of the Austrian government members will visit these games. This is our sign of sympathy," he said.
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic has also decided to refrain from participation in the Yalta Summit of Central European states as a sign of protest against human rights violations in Ukraine.
Earlier Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves declared he decided to deny invitation to Yalta Summit. Hence, seven European presidents - Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Estonia and Croatia - decided to ignore Yalta Summit.
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