War of aggression against Ukraine: Scholz announces Baerbock’s trip to kyiv

Status: 05/05/2022 7:57 p.m.

Further rapprochement between kyiv and Berlin: After a telephone conversation between Federal President Steinmeier and Ukrainian President Selenskyj, Foreign Minister Baerbock is due to travel to Ukraine “soon”. Chancellor Scholz announced it.

After weeks of disagreement between Berlin and kyiv, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is due to travel to Ukraine soon. This was announced by Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a press conference with Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala in Berlin. Scholz did not comment on his own travel plans.

A few hours earlier, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, initially undesirable in kyiv, had called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj. It’s a “good thing,” Scholz said. He had spoken to Steinmeier “in detail before and after”. One of the results of the talks was “that the Minister of Foreign Affairs will soon be in Ukraine”.

The German government invited to kyiv

According to the federal president’s office, past irritations were dispelled during the phone call. 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.” According to the Office of the Federal President, the Federal President and the Federal Government were personally invited by Zelensky to come to Kyiv.

Selenskyj tweeted that he thanked Steinmeier for his great support. kyiv expects this amount to be increased. German leadership is important to counter Russian aggression.

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. The background was apparently Steinmeier’s policy as a former foreign minister, who had criticized Ukraine for being pro-Russian.

Bas travels to Kyiv on Sunday

Meanwhile, Bundestag President Bärbel Bas also announced a trip to Ukraine on Sunday. At ARD Investment Studyo she said she was planning her trip for this weekend – to attend the memorial for all victims of the war in Ukraine.

In a way, Bas also considers herself “an icebreaker” when she travels to Ukraine as Germany’s first high-ranking representative. At ARD Capital Studio she said she was in constant contact with the Federal Chancellor and the Federal President throughout this trip. “It wasn’t controversial at all. Both said it was a good opportunity to network,” Bas said. If the security situation permits, Bas also wants to meet Ukrainian President Zelenskyy.

On Tuesday, CDU Chairman Friedrich Merz was the first prominent German politician to visit kyiv after the outbreak of war.

Chancellor Scholz has not been in kyiv since the start of the Russian war of aggression on February 24. He was sometimes strongly criticized for his reticence. Scholz had said he didn’t want to go to Ukraine right now because Steinmeier hadn’t been invited.

Chancellor Scholz: Baerbock goes to Kyiv first

Lothar Lenz, ARD Berlin, May 5, 2022, 7:38 p.m.

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