German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (63) speaks plain language: He will not travel to Ukraine for a solidarity visit. During an RTL question and answer session, he says: «I will not join a group of people who do something for a short in and out with a photo shoot. But when it does, it’s always about very specific things.”
But he also emphasizes that he has already been on the phone for many hours with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy (44). Selenski had invited Scholz several times.
Scholz continues to show solidarity
The German Chancellor declared his solidarity with Ukraine. He says: “We have to be able to make sensible, very conscious and also very courageous decisions. We met them.”
Scholz points out that Germany will continue to deliver weapons to Ukraine. He expects the promised anti-aircraft armored vehicles of the Gepard type to be made available “relatively quickly”. So far, there have been problems checking the material that was to be delivered.
Steinmeier unloading is no longer an issue
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (41), Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (54) and Friedrich Merz (66) have traveled to Ukraine from Germany so far.
The German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (66) was originally supposed to travel to Ukraine. The visit was canceled at short notice by the Ukrainian side. Scholz initially gave this invitation as the reason for refusing a trip to Ukraine. This is now out of the way. (eu)