Great reconciliation, of will, of need! Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke by telephone on Thursday with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, whom he had invited to Kyiv, although he had recently refused a visit, according to Tagesschau.de.
The conversation between Volodymyr Zelensky and Frank-Walter Steinmeier lasted about 45 minutes and allowed past nervousness to be overcome, according to the Berlin Presidency.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier conveyed to Volodymyr Zelensky “his solidarity, respect and support for the courageous struggle of the Ukrainian people against the Russian aggressor.”
The two presidents described the discussion as “very good” and “determined to keep in touch”, according to the German presidency.
Volodymyr Zelensky invited President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Kyiv.
Steinmeier planned to pay a visit to the Ukrainian capital with the heads of state of Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in mid-April, but was told shortly before his departure that he would not return.
Kiev’s decision came amid criticism of Steinmeier’s ties to Russia and his failure as foreign minister to heed the warning from Eastern European states about the dangers of Russian aggression.
Scholz, who has been accused by Zelensky of not doing enough to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia, has repeatedly declined invitations from Kyiv’s leadership, saying the problem with Steinmeier’s refused visit prevented him from accepting the invitation.
This situation has created an opportunity for opposition Conservative leader Friedrich Merz, who this week became the first senior German politician to travel to Kyiv.
Others, including Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Bundestag President Bärbel Bas, also announced their intention to go to Kyiv.
Source: Cotidianul RO by www.cotidianul.ro.
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