Germany plans head of state visit to Kyiv, ambassador to Ukraine says

12 August, 04:45 PM
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Photo:REUTERS/Benjamin Westhoff)

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Photo:REUTERS/Benjamin Westhoff)

Berlin is planning for German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to visit Kyiv, German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen said in an interview with Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform on Aug. 12.

“I’ve spent three years working at the office of the (German) Federal President (Frank-Walter) Steinmeier, and I can definitely say that the visit will take place,” said Feldhusen.

Without specifying the exact date, the ambassador said she hopes the visit will happen in near future.

Previously, citing Steinmeier’s Russian ties, President Volodymyr Zelesnkyy declined to welcome the German president to Kyiv, various media outlets reported on April 12.

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Steinmeier and Zelesnkyy had a phone conversation on May 5 where they discussed Steinmeier potentially visiting Ukraine. Official briefings said Zelenskyy extended an invitation to the German head of state.

German magazine Der Spiegel earlier reported that Steinmeier had asked why his planned April visit to Kyiv was abruptly cancelled.

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