Berlin Maintains Warm Relations With Kyiv Despite Controversial Trump-Zelensky Phone Call

German government representatives said that they would not comment on private phone calls

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27.09.2019

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Germany will not comment on statements made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his American counterpart Donald Trump during their July 25 phone call in which they criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, Berlin’s attitude toward Kyiv will not change, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

“We do not comment on transcripts of telephone conversations,” he said at a briefing in Berlin on Friday.

Seibert said that Germany had recently made a significant contribution to the defense of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the reform process in Ukraine. An active dialogue is underway between the two countries to prepare for the Normandy Four summit and Berlin maintains contact with Ukraine and other participants in the Normandy format, Seibert said.

Seibert said that Merkel met with both Trump and Zelensky in New York.

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Rainer Breul, in turn, said that Germany’s involvement in Ukraine’s affairs was very significant. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany is the third-largest contributor to Ukraine after the United States and the European Union, he said. In addition, Berlin is highly involved politically in the Donbas conflict settlement, including in the Normandy format, and it plays a large role in the Minsk process.

As for the U.S. side, if it lacks information, Berlin is ready to provide all the necessary figures, he said.

Source Ukrinform
date 27.09.2019
categories Politics
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