The government has backed the proposal of President Victor Yushchenko to appoint Volodymyr Ohryzko as acting Foreign Minister of Ukraine.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych said this opening the government session today. He ordered to prepare the respective decree of the Cabinet of Ministers.

“Today we received a letter from the President, proposing to agree the candidacy of Mr. V.Ohryzko for the post of acting Foreign Minister. I believe that he has been fulfilling these duties for over a month already, so we support this proposal”, Victor Yanukovych said.

The Prime Minister ordered V.Ohryzko to thoroughly prepare his meeting with the EU Three, scheduled for 6 February.

As UNIAN reported, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, who was conducting the pro-Western policy of President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, announced about his resignation on Tuesday.

Victor Yushchenko has accepted Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk’s resignation.

      Parliament in December dismissed Tarasyuk, a presidential appointee, and Prime

Minister Viktor Yanukovych asked that he be blocked from acting as foreign minister.

       Tarasyuk says his dismissal was illegal and President Viktor Yushchenko kept him in his post.