German President cancels visit to Kyiv due to security concerns – Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks at the German-Spanish Forum in Berlin, Germany, October 18, 2022. REUTERS/Christian Mang

BERLIN (Reuters) – German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier postponed a scheduled visit to Kyiv on Thursday for security reasons, the Bild daily reported on Wednesday, citing government sources in Ukraine and Berlin. .

The newspaper said Germany’s foreign ministry, interior ministry and security services had advised him not to go, but that the visit would soon be rescheduled.

The German president’s office declined to comment on the report.

The president in Germany primarily holds a ceremonial role. He had planned to visit the Ukrainian capital in April but Kyiv initially refused to greet him due to dissatisfaction with his past support for cooperation with Russia.

Since then, the diplomatic rift has been healed.


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