Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has criticized German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for his desire to “maintain a balance” in relations between Kyiv and Moscow.
“He and his government have to make a decision: you can’t try to balance between Ukraine and relations with Russia, you have to choose where to prioritize,” he said in an interview with the newspaper. ZDF.
Scholz “got” from Zelensky and because Berlin began to provide assistance to Kyiv later, unlike other European countries.
“Germany came a little later than some of our neighboring countries when it came to arms supplies,” the President of Ukraine stressed.
Zelensky also urged Scholz to support Ukraine in joining the European Union. He expressed hope that the chancellor would officially announce this during a possible visit to Kyiv.
“We don’t want him to just come to the photo shoot. I expect that he will personally support us that Ukraine can join the EU, and that candidate status will be granted to Ukraine in June,” Zelensky concluded.
June 13 newspaper La Stampa reported that the political leaders of Italy, Germany and France planned to visit Kyiv on June 16.
On May 28, it became known that in recent weeks the German government has reduced military assistance to Ukraine “to a minimum”. It is noted that Scholz refused direct deliveries of heavy weapons. At the same time, he promised to provide the countries of Eastern Europe with new German weapons in exchange for old Soviet weapons that the Ukrainian military could use without additional training.
On February 24, Russia announced the start of a special operation to protect Donbass. The operation began against the backdrop of the aggravated situation in the region in mid-February. The authorities of the DPR and LPR reported increased shelling by Ukrainian troops, announced the evacuation of civilians in the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree.
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