The president of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelenski, has assured this Wednesday that he did not receive an official request to receive the president of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeierafter he canceled his visit to kyiv because his presence was not “desired”.
“As president, my office and I have not officially received a request from the president of Germany and the office of the president of Germany regarding a visit to Ukraine,” Zelensky assured on the sidelines of a visit to kyiv by the Polish presidents. , Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, according to the Ukrinform agency.
On the other hand, the mayor of kyiv, Vladimir Klitchko, has transferred to the German newspaper picture his wish that finally Steinmeier does visit the Ukrainian capital because the country must “urgently continue building bridges with Germany.”
Steinmeier was going to travel to the Ukrainian capital together with the presidents of the aforementioned countries “to send a clear signal of common European solidarity with Ukraine”, as explained by the German president during his visit to Warsaw.
Criticized for his “political proximity” to the Kremlin
“I wanted to do it, but, from what it seems, I have to admit that my presence is not wanted in kyiv,” added the German leader, criticized for his “political closeness” with the Kremlin, in the words of the Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin, Andrij Melnik.
The ambassador assured that Germany continues to have “too many vested interests” in Russia, such as its dependence on gas, oil and coal, and that the role played by Steinmeier as head of Gerhard Schroeder’s Chancellery and later as minister was partly to blame. of Foreign Relations with Angela Merkel.
“Steinmeier has been weaving a spider web of contacts with Russia for decades. Many of those who now rule in the (German) coalition are involved in this, ”he settled.
From the German Government they rejected these words, although they stated that they “understand” the “exceptional” situation in which Ukraine finds itself due to the Russian invasion, in the words of the deputy spokesman for the German Government Wolfgang Buechner.
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