Ukraine delays regional summit after boycotts: report

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Posted: May 08, 2012 6:34 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine has put off a planned summit of Eastern European leaders after a number of them declined to attend in protest over Kiev's treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, Interfax news agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying on Tuesday.

"Due to the inability of some European state leaders to take part in the summit... Ukraine considers it sensible to delay it," the agency quoted ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dikusarov as saying.

(Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Jon Boyle)