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Scholz ready for trip to Kyiv alongside Macron, Draghi: Report – POLITICO

BERLIN — 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 expected to take place ahead of a G7 leaders’ summit at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps due to begin 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 not yet been there. He previously said the Ukrainian government’s decision not to host German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier meant he would not go himself.

“The fact that the President of the Federal Republic of Germany … was disinvited, stands in the way of the case,” Scholz said in May of his own plans to visit. A trip to the Ukrainian capital “must be about making concrete progress, not just a photo op,” Scholz said at another time 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 would make clear its preliminary assessment of Ukraine’s application for EU membership by the end of the week.


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