Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selensky (44) had a reprimand in an interview with ZDF Chancellor Scholz he trained and said that Germany must decide which side it is on. That doesn’t suit Klitschk very well!
Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali’s brother, mayor of Kiev, told BILD: “Especially before the Chancellor’s visit to Kiev, we should leave no doubt about one thing: Germany has been, is and always will be a partner of Ukraine. There are no two views on this, and Scholz has long made a clear commitment to do so in the Bundestag.
Klitschko continued: “We certainly need more weapons, we need help with EU accession and more humanitarian support, but we should not forget what so many people have done, not least in receiving refugees.”
Selensky said he expected the European Union to grant his country candidate status this June – and that Olaf Scholz (SPD) would personally support Ukraine’s EU membership. Selensky critically added that before Scholz took office, during the time of Angela Merkel’s Chancellor (CDU), there was “some skepticism” in the German political leadership about his country’s accession to the EU and NATO, Selensky said in the “Today Journal”.
This is not the first time that Wladimir Klitschko has contradicted his president when it comes to Germany!
As early as April, Klitschko sharply criticized his president for failing to invite Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on a planned trip to Kiev. Klitschko said at the time: “I think it is urgent that we, as Ukraine, continue to build bridges to Germany.”
During a weekend visit to Kiev, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that she would complete an analysis of Ukraine’s application for EU membership by the end of next week.. In any case, your institution’s recommendation should be related to reforms. EU countries must then decide unanimously how to proceed. This is set to happen at the EU summit on 23 and 24 June.
* Paul Ronzheimer, BILD representative and war reporter