German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier pressed his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, for an explanation as to why his visit in mid-April had been canceled by Kiev at the last minute, Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine has claimed.
In its report on Friday, the media outlet alleged that the two leaders spoke by phone on May 5 for 45 minutes.
At the start of the conversation, Zelensky reportedly expressed his regret over the way Steinmeier had been snubbed by Ukrainian officials, and spoke of a big misunderstanding. The Ukrainian head of state then thanked Berlin for all the aid it had provided Kiev with, and said that he would be glad to welcome his German counterpart in the Ukrainian capital, for instance for the celebrations that same week marking the end of WW2, the article claims.
Steinmeier is said to have turned down the invitation on such short notice, with Zelensky allegedly replying that another date later on could be arranged