Ukraine war: CDU politician hints: Will Schultz travel to Kyiv soon? – internal politics

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After the trip by CDU leader Friedrich Merz (66) to Ukraine, pressure on Chancellor Olaf Schulz (63, SPD) increased.

Recent statements by CDU foreign affairs expert Rodrich Keswetter, 58, suggest that Schulz’s personal visit to the war-torn country may be imminent.

Did Merz’s traveling companion reveal something he shouldn’t reveal, or does it only increase the pressure on the counselor?

In an interview with Deutschlandfunk Anyway, Kiesewetter made very clear hints – four times in just under 11 minutes!

Commenting on the joint trip to Ukraine with Merz, he said, “It is a good sign and I think Olaf Schultz will also travel to Ukraine very soon. Bridges have been built here, and it has been very clearly shown how welcome German assistance, as well as senior German politicians, are in Ukraine.”

Kiesewetter hinted that the chancellor, who has more than 400 votes in Parliament, will have cross-party support for the trip: “(…) there will certainly be a very strong signal in the next few weeks, I am very confident about that.”

Kiesewetter stresses that the federal advisor is welcome in Ukraine and is therefore “very confident” that “a good solution will be found”.

CDU leader Friedrich Merz (66, right) and CDU foreign affairs expert, Rodrich Kiziotter (58, left) traveled to Ukraine togetherFoto: Niels Starnick / BILD

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CDU leader Friedrich Merz (66, right) and CDU foreign affairs expert, Rodrich Kiziotter (58, left) traveled to Ukraine togetherPhoto: Niels Starnick/Bild

When asked if the Federal President Steinmeier refused (66) An understandable reason why Schultz should not travel to Ukraine, but Kiesewetter refuses: “I think everything was said about it,” but added again: “I think the trip will be very fast.”

The former government’s spokesman, Bella Anda, needs no further indications of Chancellor Schultz’s upcoming trip to Ukraine. He commented on Twitter: “If the CDU, in the form of Kiesewetter, indirectly announces the Federal Chancellor’s upcoming visit to Kyiv 4 (!!!!) times on DLF – (and the Director is not following up) – you can’t think of it.”

Possible scenario: Schulz may cooperate with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron (44). The re-elected French president is scheduled to travel to Germany on Monday to meet with Schulz. The Elysee Palace announced that the agenda focuses primarily on defense and energy issues.

There are no official plans for the trip yet. Schulz confirmed on Wednesday After the cabinet meeting in MissburgHe still sees the failure to invite Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in April as an obstacle to a trip to Ukraine – for the entire government.

Merz: “You can’t make these calls on the phone.”

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Fredrik Merz (66) was the first senior German politician to visit Kyiv on Tuesday since the start of the war and was received by President Volodymyr Zelensky (44). Then he recommended that the chancellor also travel to Kyiv.

Merz met with the president, prime minister, speaker of parliament, opposition leader and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko. “You can’t have these conversations over the phone. You can’t do that with video conferencing either. You have to have these conversations in person,” the CDU leader said on the ZDF website.

Frederic Merz with President Volodymyr Zelensky in KyivFoto: Niels Starnick / BILD

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Frederic Merz with President Volodymyr Zelensky in KyivPhoto: Niels Starnick/Bild

Several European Union heads of state and government have already gone to Kyiv. Steinmeier wanted to go to Kyiv in April with the heads of state of Poland and the three Baltic states, but was refused a few hours before departure.

He has been criticized in Ukraine for his policy towards Russia over the past 20 years as Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (78, SPD), as Foreign Minister under Chancellor Angela Merkel (67, CDU) and also for some of the statements he made as Federal President .

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