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Poland slams calls for Ukraine Euro 2012 boycott

Author: The Warsaw Voice Date: Fri, May 04 2012 8453 Views
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Polish prime minister Donald Tusk criticised on Thursday May 3 growing calls to boycott Euro 2012 co-host Ukraine during the pending football championship over the country's treatment of jailed ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Tymoshenko, the main political rival of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, is in prison after being convicted, of abuse of power a PM, last October in a case said to be politically motivated. She has been on hunger strike after saying she had been beaten by prison guards.

Led by German chancellor Angela Merkel, leaders of several EU countries have called off scheduled visits to Ukraine during the Euro 2012, a tournament co-hosted by Poland that starts on June 8, to protest against Tymoshenko case.

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