The German President said his Polish counterpart had suggested traveling to Ukraine with other leaders to show solidarity, but “that was obviously not wanted in Kyiv”.
Resident Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s comments on Tuesday during a visit to Poland came after German newspaper Bild quoted an unidentified Ukrainian diplomat as saying he is currently not welcome in Kyiv because he has close ties in the past Russia entertained.
Steinmeier said Polish President Andrzej Duda had proposed traveling to the Ukrainian capital with the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to “send a strong signal of common European solidarity with Ukraine”.
He said he was willing to do it.
Steinmeier admitted last week that he had made mistakes in his Russia policy in his previous position as foreign minister.
Steinmeier was twice foreign minister to ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel, most recently from 2013 to 2017, and before that he was chief of staff to ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.
During this time, Germany maintained a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin and maintained close energy relations.
https://www.independent.ie/news/german-president-says-he-is-not-wanted-in-ukraine-because-of-previous-relationship-with-russia-41546831.html The German president says he is not wanted in Ukraine because of past ties with Russia