The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to visit Ukraine in the end of the month to meet with president Zelensky.
Chancellor Merkel and President Zelensky are set to meet on the 22nd of August, Kyiv Post reports citing Mykhailo Podolyak, who is the advisor of Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak. The meeting will take place in Kyiv.
According to Podolyak and Kyiv Post, the two will discuss the war and security situation in Donbas and the Nord Stream 2 deal struck by Germany and the US which sparked outrage in Ukraine.
This is the second meeting between the two, as Zelensky returned from a trip to Berlin last month, where he also slammed Nord Stream 2 calling it a “security threat that is masked as an economic project.”
The gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 will transport gas from Russia to Germany circumventing Ukraine and instead going through the Baltic Sea. It will cost Ukraine a lot of money in gas transits when it is completed, as Ukraine is the usual gas route from Russia and West.
Will talk to Biden
Merkel is not the only one that Zelensky will talk to. Shortly after his meeting with Merkel, Zelensky will go to Washington DC in the very end of the month to discuss many of the same topics with Joe Biden, the president of The United State, Kyiv Post reported.
“We have had a strategic partnership with the United States since 2008. Clearly, everything has changed during this time and we need to take this strategic partnership to a new level,” Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba said earlier: “There is no secret that we want to see more American money in the Ukrainian economy. Especially in the strategic sectors of our economy.”
Kuleba and Yermak both just returned from Washington DC, where they prepared for the meeting by meeting with several high ranking US officials including Biden’s national security advisor Jacob Sullivan and Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State.