According to an Interfax-Ukraine report, a spokesman for Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Oleh Voloshyn, welcomed the position of European Foreign Ministers, who have decided not to boycott the Euro-2012 Championships in Ukraine.

Commenting on a statement made by Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, Voloshyn thanked Poland and Lithuania for the vocal declarations of support in highlighting that "not only a boycott of Euro-2012, but any isolation of Ukraine will damage the development of democracy".

Voloshyn said that "a boycott of sporting events on account of resolving political issues is absolutely unacceptable, incorrect and ineffective".

His remarks come a day after the EU's Foreign Affairs High Representative, Baroness Catherine Ashton, made it clear that “the Ukrainian government knows very well the issues that have been of greatest concern to us…If I want to pick up one issue that dominated the conversation of many issues that we discussed, probably the rule of law was the issue that was raised most today.  I think for many people making sure that justice is done and is seen to be done is core to the values of the European Union."

A spokesman for the AUGB said that to his knowledge no national Football Association has even considered boycotting the Euro-2012 Championships.  "Instead of resorting to empty rhetorical cat and mouse games, Ukraine's MFA ought to press the rest of Ukraine's government to do something about the very serious concerns being repeatedly raised externally by European politicians, organisations and groups.  Footballers from across Europe will be attanding and taking part in the Euro-Championships.  If politicians from Europe do not attend to watch those matches, Ukrainian politicians will need to take another good look at themselves and admit that they only have themselves to blame.  The "unacceptibility", "incorrectness" and "ineffectiveness" is theirs."




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