Macron, 3 Other European Leaders Land Kyiv To Meet Ukraine’s President, Zelensky
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Premier, Mario Draghi arrived in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine on Thursday.
Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, will join the three European leaders as they expect to meet the war-troubled Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. A media French report said their visit is a show of combined European support for Ukraine as it tries to resist Russia’s invasion.
Also, on Tuesday, during a trip to Ukraine’s neighbors Romania and Moldova, Macron said a “message of support” must be sent to Ukraine before EU heads of state and government “have to make important decisions” at their Brussels meeting.
Macron is deeply involved in diplomatic efforts to push for a cease-fire in Ukraine that would allow future peace negotiations.
He has had numerous discussions with Zelenskyy and with several phone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin since Putin launched the invasion in late February.
Scholz had long resisted traveling to Kyiv, saying he didn’t want to “join the queue of people who do a quick in-out for a photo opportunity.”
Instead, Scholz said, a trip should focus on doing “concrete things.”
Germany declared, Wednesday, its support to provide Ukraine with three multiple launch rocket systems of the kind that Kyiv has said it urgently needs to defend itself against Russia’s invasion.
Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said Germany will transfer three M270 medium-range artillery rocket systems along with ammunition to Ukraine. Germany said the transfer, which echoes similar moves by Britain and the United States, will be accompanied by training and will have “a swift and significant battlefield impact”.