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Ukraine Opposition Leader Denied Meeting With Tymoshenko

Then-Foreign Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk chats with Yulia Tymoshenko in the Ukrainian parliament in Kyiv in 2007.
The leader of the Ukrainian opposition in parliament has not been allowed to meet with jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, head of the opposition Batkivshchyna faction, and parliamentary deputy Iryna Lutsenko and her husband, former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, were denied a meeting with Tymoshenko in a Kharkiv hospital.

Yatsenyuk said the action was a warning of "a breakdown" of the European Union's Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius later this month in which the EU hopes to sign an Association Agreement with Ukraine.

Meanwhile in Kyiv, President Viktor Yanukovych spoke on the phone with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to discuss the upcoming summit.

Yanukovych also met with Jean-Claude Mignon, president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

No details of either meeting were available.

Based on reporting by Interfax, ITAR-TASS, and AP