German newspaper Bild has reported that Chancellor Olaf Scholz is planning a trip to Kyiv at the end of June. Meanwhile, the EU Commission president visited Kyiv to discuss Ukraine’s bid to join the bloc.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will travel to Kyiv this month alongside French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, according to tabloid Bild am Sonntag.
The trip to the Ukrainian capital is likely to take place before a summit of G7 leaders at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps scheduled to start on June 26, according to the report.
While many world leaders have already made the trip to Kyiv, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Scholz has so far not travelled there. He had previously said the Ukrainian government’s decision not to welcome German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier meant he wouldn’t go himself.
“That the president of the Federal Republic of Germany … has been disinvited, stands in the way of the matter,” Scholz said in May of his own plans to make a visit. A trip to the Ukrainian capital “must be about making concrete progress, and not just a photo opportunity,” Scholz said at another point last month.
On Saturday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made her second visit to Kyiv for talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. She said the Commission will make clear its early assessment on Ukraine’s application to join the EU by the end of the week.