Ukraine appreciates Poland's support on Euro 2012 boycott issue

10:51, 11 May 2012
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 Ukraine has welcomed Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski`s support in its fight against calls for a boycott of the Euro 2012 football championship, to be co-hosted by the two countries, according to Xinhua.

A statement released by the country`s foreign ministry Thursday said: "We appreciate Bronislaw Komorowski for his strong support of our position on the erroneous calls for the Euro 2012 boycott."

Millions of fans all over the continent expected the tournament this summer to be held at high level, without any "artificial politicization," the ministry said.

The Ukrainian government shared Komorowski`s opinion on the need to reform Ukraine`s law system to bring it closer to European standards, the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry said reform was underway and would continue.

Earlier, Komorowski said calls for a boycott of Euro 2012 in Ukraine were "totally inadequate".

In early May, a number of European politicians said they would boycott the four-yearly football competition in response to the alleged maltreatment of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is serving a seven-year sentence for abuse of office.

In mid-April, Tymoshenko declared a hunger strike due to an alleged assault by prison guards. However, she halted the 20-day strike on Wednesday after being moved to a hospital to receive treatment from a German doctor for severe back pain.

Euro 2012 will be staged from June 8 to July 1 in Ukraine and Poland.

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