The presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland are leading the way to Kyiv to convene Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.“On our path to Kyiv, to a city that has endured terribly due to the Russian invasion since my last visit,” President of Estonia Alar Karis asserted on Twitter.
On Wednesday night, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda declared that he was “heading towards Kyiv with a robust message of political backing and military aid.”
President of Poland Andrzej Duda and President of Latvia Egils Levites are also on the expedition. President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier planned to be part of the visit “to deliver a decisive indication of European unanimity with Ukraine” but told on Tuesday he was not welcome by Ukraine.
“I was ready to do this, but I must take a hint; this was not expected in Kyiv,” he confided.
Steinmeier’s statements came after the German newspaper Bild referred to an anonymous Ukrainian envoy as letting out that he was not welcome in Kyiv at this juncture. President Zelenskyy has analyzed Steinmeier’s historical support of Western reconciliation with Russia.
The German president has been a prominent supporter of the “Wandel Durch Handel” (Change through trade) idea, which contends that facilitating close commercial links can enable prompt democratic reforms.
For historical justifications, Berlin had been hesitant to deliver weapons to Ukraine. Still, it has now delivered anti-tank weapons, projectile launchers, and surface-to-air rockets in reaction to the dispute.
Last week, Prime Minister of Britain Boris Johnson toured Kyiv after vowing to furnish more than $130m in advanced weapons to Ukraine. Downing Street interpreted Johnson’s surprise tour as a “show of solidarity with the people of Ukraine and said his in-person discussion with Zelenskyy would direct long-term assistance for the country and new monetary and military aid.