Status: 05/05/2022 7:57 p.m.
Further rapprochement between Kiev and Berlin: Following a telephone conversation between Federal President Steinmeier and Ukrainian President Selenskyj, Foreign Minister Baerbock will travel to Ukraine “soon”. This was announced by Chancellor Scholz.
After weeks of disagreement between Berlin and Kiev, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is set to travel to Ukraine soon. This was announced by Chancellor Olaf Solz at a press conference with Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala in Berlin. Scholz did not comment on any of his travel plans.
Hours earlier, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, initially unwelcome in Kyiv, had called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. That’s “good,” Scholz said. He had spoken to Steinmeier “in great detail before and after.” One result of the talks was “that the Foreign Minister will soon be in Ukraine.”
The German government was invited to Kyiv
According to the Office of the Federal President, during the telephone communication irritations from the past were cleared. Steinmeier expressed to Selensky “his solidarity, respect and support for the courageous struggle of the Ukrainian people against the Russian aggressor.” Both presidents described the conversation as “very important” and “very good”. “Both presidents have agreed to remain in close contact.” According to the Office of the Federal President, the Federal President and the Federal Government were personally invited by Zelensky to visit Kyiv.
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Selenskyj said on Twitter that he thanked Steinmeier for his great support. Kyiv expects this to increase. The German leadership is important in tackling Russian aggression.
Steinmeier really wanted to travel to Kyiv in April – with the presidents of Poland and the three Baltic states. However, he was fired by the Ukrainian side in a short time. The background was obviously Steinmeier’s policy as a former foreign minister, who had criticized Ukraine for being pro-Russian.
Bass travels to Kyiv on Sunday
Meanwhile, Bundestag President Bärbel Bas had also announced a trip to Ukraine for Sunday. In the ARD Capital Studyo said she was planning her trip for this weekend – to attend the memorial service for all war victims in Ukraine.
In a way, Bas also sees herself as an “icebreaker” when she travels to Ukraine as Germany’s first high-ranking official. In the ARD Capital Studio said he was in constant contact with the Federal Chancellor and the Federal President through this trip. “This was not controversial at all. They both said it was a good opportunity to make contact,” Bas said. If the security situation allows, Bass also wants to meet with Ukrainian President Zelensky.
On Tuesday, CDU President Friedrich Mertz was the first top German politician to travel to Kyiv since the outbreak of war.
Chancellor Scholz has not been in Kyiv since the start of the Russian offensive on February 24. He was sometimes criticized for his skepticism. Scholz had stated that he did not want to travel to Ukraine at this time because Steinmeier was uninvited.
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Lothar Lenz, ARD Berlin, May 5, 2022 7:38 p.m.