Drunken Ukrainian minister kept off flight
The Ukrainian interior ministry denied that Lutsenko had been drunk but the country's president said he was "worried" about the incident
Frankfurt -- A Lufthansa plane crew refused to let Ukraine's Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko and his son board a Frankfurt-Seoul flight because they were drunk, German police said earlier this week.
The Ukrainian interior ministry denied that Lutsenko had been drunk but the country's president said he was "worried" about the incident on Monday.
Lutsenko and his 19-year-old son arrived in Frankfurt on Monday from Kiev and were to fly on to South Korea, a Frankfurt police spokesman said.
A spokesman for the Lufthansa airline did not give any names but said the plane's captain had decided not to let to Ukrainian passengers board the plane for "safety" reasons.
The minister and his son finally took a flight on Tuesday.
Ukrainian interior ministry spokeswoman Inna Kyssil admitted that there had been a "little conflict" involving Lutsenko at Frankfurt airport but said it was because there had been a delay in the Kiev-Frankfurt flight. "Nobody was drunk," she insisted.
Kiev airport said that none of the three flights to Frankfurt had arrived late.
Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko, who has tense relations with the minister, said in a statement he was "worried" by the incident and had asked Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to carry out an investigation in two days.
Presidential advisor Bogdan Sokolovski said that if the reports of drunkenness were true Lutsenko should resign.
Lutsenko was at the centre of controversy in January 2008 when he fought with the mayor of Kiev after a meeting at the presidency.