German Government Does Not Want to Confirm Scholz’s Trip to Ukraine

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The German government would not confirm whether Chancellor Olaf Scholz is indeed visiting Ukraine.

 

According to German media, the head of government will travel to Kyiv on Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

During the war in Ukraine, several government leaders travelled to the country as a sign of support, but Scholz has not yet done so. He was previously invited by Ukrainian authorities after a riot over whether German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier would be welcome in Kyiv.

Scholz has been criticized by Ukraine, among others, for his reluctance to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons and the pace at which aid is delivered. There is also dissatisfaction with his leadership in Ukraine among the coalition partners of Scholz’s Social Democratic party SPD.

In response to the alleged visit, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, calls on Germany, among others, to supply more weapons. He also wants Russia to be imposed “strong sanctions”. The mayor made his appeal in conversation with the German newspaper Bild.

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