The State Executive Office failed to fulfill its duties when it did not provide the plane for the working visit of Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko to Moscow.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Prime Minister’s spokes person Maryna Soroka has said this to journalists today.

“If the Presidential Secretariat believes that the government’s plane was a “reserve” plane for the President, it means that the State Executive Office failed to fulfill its duties and did not provide the Ukrainian delegation with a plane for the flight to Moscow for gas talks”, M.Soroka said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was delayed flying to talks in Moscow on Thursday when President Viktor Yushchenko, her estranged political ally, commandeered her plane, she told reporters.

The reporters said government officials had found a charter aircraft and she had taken off for Moscow with a small delay.

Yushchenko`s press service said a plane taking him to the western city of Lviv had developed technical difficulties and returned to Kyiv, where he had taken a "reserve" plane.

It gave no indication that the aircraft had originally been designated for Tymoshenko.