Germany and France will not negotiate behind Ukraine’s back and demand concessions from Kyiv. This was stated by French President Emmanuel Macron, answering questions after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. The leaders of Germany, Italy and Romania also participated in the meeting: they promised to help Kyiv with weapons and support Ukraine’s membership in the EU.
Thursday morning in Kyiv. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in the Ukrainian capital on a special train. Italian publications published footage of a conversation between politicians in the VIP carriage. Precious wood finishes, plasma TV and smiles from fellow EU members. There was no place at this table for the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, although he had met with his French counterpart the day before. But he had to get to Kyiv on his own.
Ukrainians decided to take foreign guests to Irpen, a satellite city of Kyiv. They were told about the alleged atrocities of the Russian army and discussed the restoration of the settlement. The suburbs of Kyiv – Irpin and Bucha – have generally become a key place in the “excursions” arranged by the Kyiv authorities. As a result of the visit, Emmanuel Macron published a video of the destroyed house and a tweet in Ukrainian. He promised the national battalions additional financial assistance.
“From the very beginning, France and Europe supported Ukraine by providing military assistance – a lot of offensive and defensive equipment. Thanks to financial support, we, as Europeans, began financing the reconstruction of destroyed cities. We have already begun to cooperate and provide support,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.
The President of France stressed that sooner or later Vladimir Zelensky will have to negotiate with Moscow.
“When the moment comes when the conflict is over, Ukraine must itself determine the modalities of negotiations with Russia. Neither France nor Germany will negotiate with Russia instead of Ukraine. We will take part in the negotiations as European powers, but we will never negotiate on behalf of Ukraine,” said French President Emmanuel Macron.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also spoke to journalists. He spoke about the need to provide Ukraine, including additional financial assistance.
“All our activities, the assistance that we manage to mobilize, as well as sanctions should help ensure that international solidarity gives the citizens of Ukraine the opportunity to rebuild their country,” said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
In Kyiv, European politicians visited the Mariinsky Palace. These are footage from the protocol. Flags raised, Volodymyr Zelenskyy shakes hands with dear guests from Europe. Including Olaf Scholz, despite the fact that quite recently, according to the German media, he crossed a fine line and pointedly complained about Berlin’s policy towards Kyiv back in Merkel’s time in an interview with ZDF.
On camera, Ukrainians shake hands with the Germans, and secretly issue ultimatums. Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin Andriy Melnyk voiced another demand to the German Chancellor. Namely, continue to supply weapons to Kyiv and immediately speed up the process of joining the European Union.
“Our desires are that the head of the German government, without any “buts” and “ifs,” promises that he will give the status of Ukraine’s candidate for membership in the European Union,” said Andriy Melnyk, Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin.
The pressure of the Ukrainians intensifies with the approach of the EU, NATO and G7 summits at the end of June. The Secretary General of the alliance has already invited Volodymyr Zelensky to a meeting of the organization in Madrid, and Olaf Scholz to meet with the leaders of the G7 in Germany. They promise to talk about the fate of Kyiv in the European Union.
The Kremlin expressed hope that Western politicians would use the visit to Ukraine to reason with Zelensky and bring him back to reality.
“I would like to hope that the leaders of these three states, as well as the leader of Romania, who will be there with them, will not only focus on supporting Ukraine by further pumping it with weapons. It is absolutely useless, it will prolong the suffering of people, it will simply cause new damage On the contrary, let’s hope that they use contacts to encourage President Zelensky to really look at the state of affairs,” said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation.
The visits of Western politicians and show business stars to Kyiv and its suburbs – Irpen and Bucha – have already become a kind of trend. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leinen, the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell were taken here, the U2 group performed in the Kiev metro. Now it’s time for new distinguished guests from Europe, who, however, are not all right at home. Scholz has an approval rating of 30 percent, inflation in the country is 0 about 8 percent in May. This is a historical record since the unification of the FRG and the GDR.
Macron has an approval rating of 35 percent, inflation for May is about 6 percent, also a record for more than 30 years.
Their Italian counterpart has better support with 51 percent approval, but inflation is a 40-year high of almost 7 percent. However, worries about the economy of their own states have been temporarily postponed for the sake of Kyiv’s ambitions.