The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invited his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Kiev, the German presidency announced on Thursday.

The invitation comes three weeks after Zelensky refused to receive Steinmeier in Kiev, due to the ties he had with Russia when he was foreign minister in the governments of social democrat Gerhard Schroeder and conservative Angela Merkel.

The announcement of the invitation was made after a telephone conversation that Steinmeier had this Thursday with Zelensky, which allowed him to overcome “irritations of the past”, according to the German presidency.

“Both presidents described the conversation as ‘very important and very good’. Past irritations were cleared up. Both presidents agreed to remain in close contact,” the presidency said in a statement.

During the 45-minute conversation, Steinmeier “expressed his solidarity, respect and support for the courageous struggle of the Ukrainian people against Russian aggressors.”

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