Presidents of Germany and Austria will not come to the Summit of Heads of States of Central Europe on May 11-12 in Yalta. President of Czech Republic may also refuse to come.
The Summit of the Heads of States of Central Europe annually assembles leaders of countries of this region in May. This forum, in spite of informal character, is important international event, Deutsche Wellereports.
The 18th Summit of the Heads of States of Central Europe may take place in absence of range of European leaders. Now matter is in political situation in Ukraine. President of Germany Joachim Gauck was the first who refused to come to the summit in Yalta. Office of the President announced information that J. Gauck did not accept invitation of Victor Yanukovych immediately after information about hunger strike of Yu. Tymoshenko (who says about tortures and beating by employees of Kharkiv prison). The decision not to go to Yalta J. Gauck agreed with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the representative of the President. Foreign Minister of Germany Guido Westerwelle also supported this decision of the head of the state.
Meanwhile, information about refusal of more two Presidents to come to summit appeared. The Office of President of Austria Heinz Fischer said that the head of the state will not take part in Yalta summit. “The President did not accept an invitation for this summit because of busy working schedule and he informed the Ukrainian side about that three weeks ago”, said the press secretary of H. Fischer.
Moreover, President of Czech Republic probably will not come to the Summit. Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira shared this information with Ukrainian journalists.