French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and German Chancellor Olafscholz arrive in Kyiv, Ukraine
The pictures showed the leaders disembarking from the train in the Ukrainian capital. Asked by a journalist why they came to Ukraine, Macron said: “For a message of European unity.”
It is also noteworthy that this is the first trip of the three leaders to Ukraine since the start of the Russian military operation to the country on February 24, and the trio is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
The visit comes at a time when Ukraine is seeking to grant it an official candidacy to join the European Union, in light of Macron’s statements that the visit aims to show “support for Ukraine in the present and in the future.”
The three leaders also traveled on a special train that left Poland in the early hours of Thursday, in what German media said they were in the southeastern city of Rzeszow, which has an international airport.
Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the Ukrainian authorities should negotiate with the Russian side after a ceasefire.
“The President of Ukraine and other representatives of the authorities will have to negotiate with the Russian side,” Macron said during his visit to Romania.
Romanian media also confirmed that Macron arrived in Romania on a three-day trip to the southern wing of NATO, including Moldova, before heading to Kyiv on Thursday for a visit with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mariodraghi.
According to the Daily Express, Macron betrayed the regime in Ukraine when his country began to import more Russian gas despite the European Union’s agreement to reduce gas imports from Russia.