He has long been criticized for not being in Ukraine, unlike many other heads of government. Now the time has apparently come: Chancellor Olaf Scholz is traveling to Kyiv with an escort.

According to information from “Bild am Sonntag”, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wants to travel to Kyiv before the G7 summit at the end of June. He is planning the visit with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the newspaper reported on Saturday, citing French and Ukrainian government sources. A spokesman for the federal government did not want to comment on the report on Saturday evening.

Since the beginning of the war, numerous heads of state and government have traveled to Kyiv to demonstrate their solidarity with the country attacked by Russia. Scholz had recently said that he would only travel there if there were specific things to discuss. Ukraine is hoping the EU will declare it a candidate country at its June 23-24 summit, ahead of the June 26-28 G7 summit.