Federal President visits Romania
Steinmeier publicly approaches Selenskyj
05/04/2022, 3:30 p.m.
While the Chancellor is waiting for Ukraine to take the first step in the Steinmeier affair, the Federal President again publicly reaches out to her during his visit to Romania and underlines his willingness to speak to his counterpart Selenskyj. In Bucharest, it is also a question of helping Moldova.
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier promised additional German aid to Ukraine and at the same time underlined his willingness to speak to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “We Germans support Ukraine with all our hearts,” Steinmeier said in Bucharest after a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. He expresses this support during visits such as in Romania – “and of course also in exchange with my Ukrainian counterpart, if possible”.
In mid-April, Ukraine discharged Steinmeier, causing considerable upheaval. The Federal President actually wanted to visit kyiv with the heads of state of Poland and the Baltic States. Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz cites the cancellation as the reason why he himself is not traveling to Kyiv despite being invited several times. Kyiv should now approach the federal president, Scholz said in the afternoon. Steinmeier tried several times to contact Selenskyj by telephone without success. On Tuesday, CDU leader Friedrich Merz was received by Selenskyj in kyiv.
Steinmeier had arrived in Bucharest in the morning for a one-day working visit. He assured Romania of German assistance in case of Russian aggression. “The solidarity of our alliance applies without ifs or buts.” Romania is a member of the EU and NATO. Iohannis thanked the Air Force for their support in securing Romanian airspace with Eurofighter fighter jets. Romania shares a border with Ukraine to the north and southeast.
New aid planned for Moldova
Germany and Romania also want to organize additional support for Moldova, a country badly affected by the consequences of the war. The Romanian president said the talks included the possibility of a second donors’ conference for the Republic of Moldova. Germany “will not leave Moldova alone”, stressed Steinmeier.
A month ago, Berlin and Bucharest hosted an international donor conference for Ukraine’s small neighbor. Humanitarian and financial aid totaling more than 700 million euros was collected. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have crossed the border into Moldova since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Taking care of refugees is a major challenge for the former Soviet republic, the poorest country in Europe.