Kyiv/Berlin, 18 May 2022 (TDI): The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz held a phone talk with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the situation in Ukraine and about imposing more sanctions on Russia.

Scholz and Zelenskyy spoke about the situation in Ukraine at the moment, and further pressure on Russia in the form of sanctions.

In addition, they both discussed the prospects of peace and more help for Ukraine on the way to full membership of the European Union.

Previous talks

Prior to this, Zelenskyy invited both Scholz and President Steinmeier to visit Kyiv after Steinmeier showed his support, respect, and solidarity for Ukraine.

In addition, Scholz also started backing a motion passed by the parliament of Germany calling for the speeding up of the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine.

More to this, President Steinmeier made a call to his Ukrainian counterpart and stated that Germany stands in solidarity at Ukraine’s side with united forces.

Therefore, the call was meant to resolve misunderstandings that had previously soured Ukrainian-German relations.

On the other hand, President Zelenskyy pointed out that he had held a good, constructive, and important conversation with Steinmeier.

More to this, a statement that was issued by the German government highlighted that during their phone conversation, both leaders exchanged views on practical and specific ways to support Ukraine further.

Additionally, Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude for the strong support given to Ukraine.

All in all, Zelenskyy and Scholz have previously discussed defensive aid for Ukraine and cooperation between the two countries in the energy sector.

Zelenskyy appreciated the high level of dialogue with Germany and their support during the time of war.

In addition to strengthening diplomatic ties, Scholz expressed his condolences to Zelensky on the passing of the first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk.

The German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also spoke about the German government working with enterprises of the country to provide Ukraine with modern weapons. Consequently, Baerbock stated that Germany would start training the soldiers of Ukraine on the use of mobile howitzers in the following days.

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