Steinmeier talks on phone with Zelenskiy

Berlin (dpa) -Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke on the telephone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the German president stated that some previous confusion had been cleared up, and that Steinmeier had expressed his “solidarity, respect and support for the courageous struggle of the Ukrainian people against the Russian aggressor” to Zelenskiy. Each presidents had described the dialog as “very important” and “very good”, she added.

In accordance with the Workplace of the Federal President, the German president himself and the German authorities have been invited by Zelenskiy to go to Kyiv. Through the phone dialog, the 2 presidents had agreed to “leave their past behind and concentrate on future cooperation,” a spokesperson for the Ukrainian president informed German newspaper “Bild”. The confusion had come about after the Ukrainian aspect had rejected a go to by Steinmeier to Kyiv in mid-April.

In the meantime, Bundestag President Bärbel Bas plans to journey to Kyiv as Germany’s highest consultant up to now. The official event is the commemoration of World Warfare II in Ukraine subsequent Sunday. Bas has “the wish to travel to Ukraine at the invitation of her Ukrainian counterpart Ruslan Stefanchuk to commemorate with him all victims of the Second World War and to hold political talks,” a parliamentary spokeswoman stated.

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