Status: 05/05/2022 3:19 p.m.
It was an “important conversation”: Federal President Steinmeier spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Selenskyj. According to the president’s office, the irritations have been dispelled. Selenskyi invited Steinmeier and the federal government to Kyiv.
After the scandal of Ukraine’s disinvitation of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the signs now point to a loosening up and rapprochement: Steinmeier phoned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj for about 45 minutes. This is confirmed by a spokesperson for the president. According to the office of the federal president, the irritations of the past have been dispelled.
Steinmeier expressed his “solidarity, respect and support for the courageous struggle of the Ukrainian people against the Russian aggressor” to Selenskyi. The two presidents described the conversation as “very important” and “very good”. “The two presidents have agreed to stay in close contact.”
Steinmeier and the entire federal government have invited
According to the Office of the Federal President, the Federal President and the Federal Government were personally invited by Zelensky to come to Kyiv.
Steinmeier actually wanted to go to kyiv in April – with the presidents of Poland and the three Baltic states. However, he was removed from his position on the Ukrainian side on short notice.
For this reason, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has so far refused to travel to Ukraine, where, according to Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk, he would be welcome. “It’s a problem that the President of the Federal Republic of Germany was not invited. And that’s in the room,” Scholz said last Wednesday after the cabinet meeting at Meseberg Castle.
Ukraine’s criticism of Germany’s alleged reluctance to provide weapons for its defense against Russia has repeatedly been described as not conducive to the mood in Berlin. During a visit to Bucharest on Thursday, Steinmeier again underlined what Germany is doing financially, militarily and humanitarianally when it comes to welcoming refugees. “We Germans support Ukraine wholeheartedly,” he said.
Members of the federal government have yet to visit Ukraine since the Russian invasion of the country, unlike senior politicians from the EU and many EU member states. In contrast, CDU leader Friedrich Merz recently visited kyiv. There he met, among others, Zelenskyj.
Today, Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (SPD) announced that she wanted to visit Kyiv to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II. This project was confirmed by the press service of the Bundestag. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also announced her travel plans.