It is the first time that Volodymyr Zelenskyj has visited Germany since the outbreak of war in Ukraine. He comes to Berlin with kind words and certainly with further expectations.
During his visit to Germany, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Berlin for its support in the fight against Russian troops. Germany has proven to be “our true friend and reliable ally, who stands resolutely on the side of the Ukrainian people in the fight to defend freedom and democratic values,” Zelenskyi wrote at the reception by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Sunday morning English in the guest book of Schloss Bellevue.
He also thanked Steinmeier for his “personal support of Ukraine” and the German people for their “fantastic solidarity”. In German, Zelenskyj added: “Thank you Germany!”.
Volodymyr Zelenskyj visits Germany for the first time since the start of the Ukraine war
The Ukrainian President landed in Germany on Sunday night. It is his first visit to Germany since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine in February 2022. After meeting Steinmeier, he was received with military honors by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) in the Chancellery.
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On Saturday, the federal government announced an armaments package for Kiev worth billions. According to the Federal Ministry of Defense, the planned deliveries worth more than 2.7 billion euros include air defense systems, tanks and ammunition. Ukrainian government officials praised the move. Selenskyj spoke on Twitter of a “powerful package”.
In the afternoon Selenskyj and the Ukrainian people are to be honored with the international Charlemagne Prize. Scholz will hold the laudatory speech in Aachen. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki are also scheduled to speak at the ceremony. The Charlemagne Prize is awarded for services to Europe.
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