Belarus' Lukashenko may attend Euro 2012 final

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Associated Press

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 1 at 4:04 PM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's Foreign Ministry says that Belarus' authoritarian president Aleksander Lukashenko may attend the final match of the European football (soccer) championship along with other EU leaders.

The appearance of Lukashenko, who faces EU sanctions for cracking down on dissent in his country, would be embarrassing for the Ukrainian government and the prime ministers of Spain, Italy and Poland who plan to attend the match.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Oleh Voloshin said that Lukashenko was slated to attend the game, but had no further information. Lukashenko's spokesman Pavel Liogkiy declined to comment on whether Lukashenko would attend.

Other EU leaders are boycotting Sunday's match over the politically tainted jailing of former Ukraine premier Yulia Tymoshenko.

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