KIEV, May 29 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian President
Viktor Yushchenko will not attend an international economic
forum in St. Petersburg, a deputy presidential spokesman said
Andriy Goncharuk said Yushchenko had received an
invitation from his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, to
take part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
and the World Grain Forum on June 6-7.
"In circumstances when Ukraine does not have a clear idea
if a visit to St. Petersburg would be effective both for
finding ways out of the economic crisis and for resuming
constructive dialogue with Russia at the top level, a decision
has been made that it will not be expedient for the president
to attend the event," the UNIAN news agency quoted Goncharuk as
He explained that Russia had not provided Yushchenko with
a program of the forum events, nor had it responded to his
proposal for both presidents to hold a working meeting.
In an interview with the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily on
Friday Yushchenko complained that he had proposed meeting
Medvedev several times, but "the issue has not been decided."