At least four EU countries will boycott the Black Sea resort meeting. German media reported on 26 April that the country’s new President Joachim Gauck cancelled a trip to Ukraine this month amid worries about the health of imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
Then Czech media reported on 30 April that the country’s President Vaclav Klaus has cancelled its attendance over the same reasons. Reportedly, the presidents of Slovenia and Austria, Danilo Turk and Heinz Fischer respectively, followed this example.
Last February, Ukrainian authorities reportedly issued invitations to 20 heads of state: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro and Hungary.