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Macron, Scholz and Draghi visit Ukraine to meet Zelensky. video

 

Draghi, Macron, and Schultz board train to Kiev video

In these hours, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are on board a Ukrainian train that is taking them to Kyiv, where today they will meet Volod Zelensky. The mission of the three most important European leaders had not been made public for security reasons. It comes a day before the European Commission makes a recommendation on Ukraine's status as a candidate for the EU, something that many European countries have been lukewarm about.



What will be the purpose of the mission of Draghi, Macron, and Scholz?


The purpose of the trip of Draghi, Macron, and Scholz is to bring "a message of unity and full cohesion of the EU countries" in condemning Russia and helping Ukraine, reiterating support for Ukraine, the victim of Russian aggression while attempting to explore possible ways out of the conflict, which is behind the dramatic appendage of the grain crisis. The leaders of Italy, France, and Germany are expected this morning in Kyiv for a mission loaded with political and symbolic value: the three, altogether, will hold a face-to-face with Volod Zelensky. to show European compactness, and, above all, to indicate a line not identical to that of the United States.

On the other hand, yesterday, on the eve of the mission, it was the head of the Elysee who strayed more sharply from Biden's intransigence towards the Kremlin: "the Ukrainian president and his officials will have to negotiate with Russia—stressed Macron from Romania—, we will do everything to stop the Russian forces and help the Ukrainians and their army." The trip to Ukraine of the three leaders, the first since the beginning of the conflict, does not include other stages beyond that in the capital and falls into a very complicated phase because the Russian army continues to gain ground by intensifying attacks on the Donbas, while the Ukrainians defend themselves strenuously but are increasingly exhausted and expect more important support from European allies. The messages from Rome, Berlin, and Paris will be unambiguous in reiterating support for Kyiv, but in the three capitals for some time there has also been thinking about how to bring the parties to the negotiating table, albeit with different nuances. Draghi stated during his recent visit to Israel that Italy is still working to achieve "as soon as possible a ceasefire" and "peace negotiations," but that the negotiations must take place in "terms that Ukraine deems acceptable." 

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