Germany in the Ukraine War: After a Phone Call with Steinmeier

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Annalena Barbuk (Green Party), the foreign minister, and Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) speak in the hall on the sidelines of the Bundestag session (file photo). © Kay Knightfield / dpa

Federal President Steinmeier and Selinsky speaking. Foreign Minister Barbuk is going to Ukraine “soon.” News ticker about feedback from Germany.

  • Ukraine conflict: Report said Bundestag President Bass (Social Democratic Party) wants to travel to the war zone.
  • The CDU leader, Merz, was already there – Chancellor Schultz (SPD) and Foreign Minister Barbock (the Greens) were not yet.
  • But will she also meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky? Mostly not.
  • This is amazing News ticker about Germany’s reaction to the Ukraine war It is constantly updated. You can read the background to the Ukraine crisis here.

Update from May 5, 7:20 PM: After weeks of spat between Germany and Ukraine, Foreign Minister Annalina Barbuk (the Green Party) is heading to Kyiv “soon”. This was announced by Chancellor Olaf Schulz (Social Democratic Party) Thursday evening at a press conference in Berlin. The advisor did not make any statements about his travel plans. A few hours ago, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was initially unpopular in Kyiv, called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (see previous update).

Update from May 5th at 2:57pm: Ukrainian President Selinsky met Federal President Steinmeier and Chancellor Schulz after a phone call (see previous update) I was invited to Ukraine. This was reported by Agence France-Presse. The President of the Bundestag Purple Pass (SPD) is already traveling to Ukraine at the end of the week.

According to information from Berlin, Steinmeier and Selinsky described the call as “very important and very good.” In addition to the federal president and the federal chancellor, the invitation to Kyiv also applies to all ministers of the federal government, the office of the federal president told AFP. The Federal President wants to accept the invitation, but no date has yet been set.

Update from May 5, 2:21 PM: Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier phoned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday. The office of the Federal President announced that the annoyance of the past has been removed.

Ukrainian diplomat: Merz is pushing for the reopening of the German embassy in Kyiv

Update from May 5, 1:34 pm: CDU leader Friedrich Merz after his trip to Kyiv with Rheinische Post Talk. He demanded the reopening of the German embassy in Ukraine. After 30 international embassies, it is one of the last embassies to remain closed.

Although Germany is one of Ukraine’s largest donors, the image of the federal government is gaining international ground, Merz also criticized. It gives the impression that we always have to pay. “We never advance. In the case of the arms delivery, that’s still understandable, but we could have sent a signal to the embassy,” Merz said.

The German embassy in Kyiv was closed immediately after the start of the Russian aggressive war on the country. Other EU countries behaved similarly at the time, but many of them then returned to Ukraine with their diplomatic missions.

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CDU Chairman Friedrich Merz (right) receives Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. © Niels Starnick for BILD / – / dpa

Germany in Ukraine conflict: After Merz, Bass now also wants to go to Kyiv

First report from May 5: BERLIN – Bundestag President Purple Bass (Social Democratic Party) thinks, according to a report from the portal pioneer Visit Ukraine at the weekend. On Thursday, the portal reported, citing information from Ukrainian parliamentary circles, that Bass may meet with Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stevanchuk in Kyiv on May 8.

According to the protocol, the President of the Bundestag is the second highest representative in Germany after Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. A spokeswoman said at the request of the German news agency (dpa) that Bass has the desire, at the invitation of her counterpart Stefanczuk, to commemorate all the victims of World War II and hold political talks with him.

Ukraine War: Bass allegedly wanted to let Shultz go first when traveling

to me Pioneers– It was reported that Bass had been planning to visit Kyiv for some time. But at first you wanted to let Chancellor Olaf Schultz (SPD) go first. However, he has now announced that he does not want to travel to Ukraine for the time being. Schulz justified this with annoyance that Steinmeier was not welcome there because of his policy toward Russia during his tenure as foreign minister.

Members of the federal government have not visited Ukraine since the Russian invasion of the country, unlike leaders of the European Union and many EU member states. Foreign Minister Annalina Barbuk (the Green Party) has not traveled to Ukraine either. On the other hand, CDU leader Friedrich Merz met in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, among others. (AFP/dpa/frs)

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