On December 28, 2006, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko signed a decree, sacking Ambassador of Ukraine to Austria Volodymyr Yelchenko due to his violating the instructions when giving visas to Turkmen opposition representatives.

      According to an UNIAN correspondent, Deputy President’s Chief of Staff Oleksander Chaly claimed this to a press conference in Kyiv today.

      “However, the decree will be published when he [V.Yelchenko] will finish his diplomatic mission”, O.Chaly said.

      As UNIAN reported earlier, Mirror Weekly newspaper informed on 20 January that Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych signed a decree to carry out an investigation into the activities of Transport and Communication Minister Mykola Rudkovskiy, who hampered the national security of Ukraine. Referring to its sources, the newspaper disclosed that M.Rudkovskiy organized the arrival of Turkmen opposition representatives in Kyiv in December of the last year. This situation could deteriorate the relations between Ukraine and Turkmenistan, in particular, in the energy sector. The Turkmen Foreign Ministry assessed the arrival of the Turkmen opposition to Ukraine as an unfriendly step of Ukraine.