Uzbek president attacks Poroshenko for skipping CIS summit in Minsk

Uzbek President Islam Karimov attacked his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, for not attending a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Minsk on Friday.

“One gets the impression that he is in two minds and cannot decide whether or not quitting the CIS makes sense,” Mr. Karimov said. “If he had spoken here today, we would have even more clarity as to the resolution of the Ukraine problem. Unfortunately, this did not happen.”

“Who has met with Poroshenko face to face lately?” Mr. Karimov asked. Meanwhile, the president of Ukraine has already visited “many countries of Europe,” he noted.

In a telephone conversation that took place on Thursday, Mr. Poroshenko apologized to Alyaksandr Lukashenka for being unable to come to the CIS summit and invited him to visit Ukraine soon to have a bilateral meeting, according to the Belarusian leader’s press office. Mr. Poroshenko reportedly asked the Belarusian president to communicate Ukraine’s views on the situation in the Luhansk and Donestsk provinces to the summit’s participants. // BelaPAN