Mykhaylo Levyunskiy, head of the government’s secretariat executive department, claims that the State Executive Office at the President of Ukraine has many times refused to provide Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko with planes for her working visits.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, M.Levynskiy claimed this to journalists today.

“Once they refused to provide a plane for a long flight, after that there were another four cases, when we were not allowed to fly to the western Ukraine, when there was flood”, M.Levynskiy said.

According to him, the governmental secretariat always had to urgently look for planes.

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.