Scholz, Draghi and Macron on the train to Kyiv

Scholz, Draghi and Macron on the train to Kyiv

Of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz Has as French President Emmanuel Macron and the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi made a trip to Kyiv. As Italian news agency ANSA reported, the top three politicians used their train ride on Thursday night for a two-hour summit. The purpose of the visit is to convey “a message of unity and full cohesion among EU countries” to Ukraine.

Numerous EU leaders, including Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP), have already visited the country invaded by Russia. However, it is the first visit by Scholz, Macron and Draghi. The German chancellor was under enormous domestic pressure to travel to Ukraine. However, he had emphasized that he was concerned about the content.

“I’m not going to join a group of people who do something for a short period of time with a photo shoot. But when they do, it’s always about very specific things,” emphasized Scholz, who also invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to attend. the G7. Summit invited to Upper Bavaria in late June.

Traveling before the EU membership recommendation

The trip takes place a day before the EU Commission’s expected recommendation on Ukraine’s application for membership. The Brussels authority is expected to propose granting EU candidate status to Ukraine.

An EU summit will be held in Brussels next week to decide. More than three months after the outbreak of war, EU states are struggling to maintain their unity against aggressor Russia. In late May, however, after weeks of wrangling, agreement was reached on a sixth sanctions package, including an oil embargo.

This article is continually updated.