Steinmeier on the phone with Zelenskyj – Invitation to kyiv for the “entire state leadership”

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Steinmeier on the phone with Zelenskyj – Invitation to kyiv for the “entire state leadership”

Selenskyj calls Steinmeier and invites senior government officials

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He reportedly invited Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz to kyiv.

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Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wanted to visit Ukraine as early as April – but was then media-effectively disinvited. Now he has cleared up the irritation in a phone call with President Selenskyj. He is not the only one to have received a new invitation.

BPresident Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the federal president said past irritations had dissipated. Steinmeier expressed his “solidarity, respect and support for the courageous struggle of the Ukrainian people against the Russian aggressor” to Selenskyj.

The two presidents described the conversation as “very important” and “very good”. “The two presidents have agreed to stay in close contact.”

From circles in the federal president’s office, WELT learned that Selenskyj had “cordially” invited “the whole head of state”, the federal president, the government and the chancellor to Kyiv.

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After the phone call, Zelenskyj wrote on Twitter: “I had a good, constructive and important conversation with Federal President Steinmeier. Thank you for the strong support for Ukraine. I expect it to go deeper.

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Steinmeier actually wanted to go to Kyiv in April – with the presidents of Poland and the three Baltic states. Much to Berlin’s chagrin, Steinmeier was discharged at the last moment.

That is why Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has not wanted to visit Ukraine so far. “It’s a problem that the President of the Federal Republic of Germany was disinvited. And that’s in the room,” Scholz said last Wednesday after the cabinet meeting at Schloss Meseberg.

This made CDU chairman Friedrich Merz the first prominent German politician to be in the Ukrainian capital after the outbreak of war. On Tuesday, he met, among others, Selenskyj and Mayor Vitali Klitschko. According to information from ‘Spiegel’, Merz refereed the appeal during his visit. The blockade must be resolved, Merz told chat participants.

In a reaction, Merz thanked the Ukrainian president for the invitation. “I am very grateful to President Selenskyj for accepting my request for an invitation from the Federal President,” Merz told the German Press Agency in Berlin. “The way is now clear for personal meetings between the Federal President and the Federal Chancellor and President Zelenskyy in Kyiv.”

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