In his choice of words, the Ukrainian President remains friendly but reserved after his talks with the Chancellor. The situation is different with regard to the French head of government.

After tensions in the relationship between Kyiv and Berlin, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj described his phone call with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) as “quite productive”.

Among other things, military support for Ukraine was discussed, said Zelenskyj in his daily video address on Wednesday night. He informed Scholz about the current military situation and its possible future development, said the President.

Selenskyj chose slightly different words to describe his conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. That conversation was “substantial and long,” he said. Among other things, it was about the next round of European sanctions against Russia and Ukraine’s plans for rapid accession to the European Union.

According to the Élysée Palace, Macron promised that arms deliveries from France would continue and intensify. He also confirmed that Ukraine’s accession to the EU should be discussed in June.

There were irritations in German-Ukrainian relations in mid-April. The Ukrainian side refused a visit to Kyiv by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who they accused of once pursuing a pro-Russian policy as SPD foreign minister. Scholz then did not want to go to Kyiv. According to the governments, the tensions were resolved with clarifying talks in early May.