The chancellor should support Ukraine's application for EU candidate status and speed up the process of transferring heavy weapons to Kyiv, says Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz should support Ukraine's application for EU candidate status and speed up the process of transferring heavy weapons to Kyiv, Andriy Melnyk, Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany, said on the RTL TV channel.
“Above all, we want the head of the German government to promise to grant [Ukraine] candidate status for EU membership and to ensure that the European Council unanimously adopts this historic decision next week,” said the ambassador.
The fact that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz plans to visit Kyiv shortly before the G7 summit, which will be held from June 26 to 28, was previously reported by Bild journalist Paul Ronzheimer. According to him, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron should accompany the head of government on the trip. As part of the visit, politicians are going to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the newspaper wrote.
Later, on June 13, the Italian newspaper La Stampa, citing its own sources, specified that the visit would take place on June 16. According to her, the heads of state and government will have to discuss the clearance of ports and the unblocking of grain corridors. None of the countries officially confirmed the visit.
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In May, Scholz said he was not going to come to Kyiv until the Ukrainian authorities agreed to receive German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the country's capital. Bild sources claimed that Kyiv refused to receive the head of state because of “close ties”; with Russia.