CDU leader, Merz, meets with Ukrainian President Selinsky in Kyiv
CDU leader Friedrich Merz also met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv for an hour-long conversation. Merz had earlier visited the town of Irpen and was shocked by the victims of the Russian attack.
cDU President Friedrich Merz met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his visit to Kyiv. Merz said on Twitter on Tuesday that the hour-long conversation was “very good in terms of atmosphere and content.” A spokesman for the CDU leader said Merz first wanted to speak to Chancellor Olaf Schultz (SPD) about the content.
Merz had earlier visited the town of Irpen and was shocked by the victims of the Russian attack. “The mayor just described to me in very moving words what happened here, what a mourning for the victims here, but also what a great achievement,” Merz said. “I think we in Germany still have to help this country and especially help a city like Irben to rebuild.”
On Tuesday evening, Merz also met with Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko. During his visit to the Ukrainian capital, Meretz was alarmed by the devastation caused by Russia’s war of aggression and accused Russia of “crimes”. “I’m totally shaken up here, and I still am, and you can’t get these images out of your head,” Merz said.
He reiterated his support for arms sales to Ukraine. “I feel very certain in the decision we made in the German Bundestag last week that we are helping this country,” Merz said. For this he felt the gratitude of his interlocutors. He also supported the case for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Dennis Schmihal He thanked Merz for German support for Ukraine. “I stressed the importance of increasing sanctions (against Russia) and supporting Ukraine’s status as a candidate for EU membership,” Shmyhal wrote on Twitter on Tuesday of a meeting with Merz in Kyiv. He added that he thanked Ukraine for its military assistance and support. Shmihal posted a photo showing him talking to the CDU leader at a table.
According to Merz, he traveled to Ukraine by train. At first it was not clear whether President Zelensky would receive him. For a head of state to receive a political opposition from abroad is by no means, of course, in terms of protocol.
The visit of the CDU leader has sparked debate in Germany over whether Chancellor Schulz should travel to Ukraine. However, Schulz made it clear at the ZDF the night before that he had seen the unloading of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier through Ukraine as an obstacle to his trip there.
Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck assumes that a member of the federal government will also travel to Ukraine for the foreseeable future. “The fact that we as a government are not there yet, as the chancellor explained, is mainly due to the fact that the federal president was not invited,” the green politician said on Tuesday on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting in Meeseburg, near Berlin. But there will be a solution. We talk to each other all the time.”
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