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Scholz, Macron and Draghi arrive in Kiev — media

According to the reports, the heads of states were traveling on a train
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz EPA-EFE/LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
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BERLIN, June 16. /TASS/. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have arrived in Kiev, the DPA news agency reported on Thursday.

The Repubblica newspaper previously reported that the three leaders were on their way to Ukraine. According to it, the heads of states were traveling on a train, presumably from the Polish border to Kiev.

Railroad operator Ukrzheldoroga then specified that the European leaders were traveling on a Ukrainian diplomatic train.

The Repubblica newspaper published a photo showing Draghi, Scholz and Macron sitting informally at a table in the carriage. It noted that the trip took place in compliance with increased security measures.

The ANSA agency reported that immediately after the leaders’ departure the night before, they held a meeting that lasted about two hours.

The Bloomberg news agency reported on Wednesday, citing sources, that a meeting with Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky was planned in Kiev. The Stampa newspaper also reported that a visit to Odessa was not ruled out.

The media named June 16 as a possible date for the visit, but it was not officially specified until recently for security reasons. There has been no official confirmation either.

The German authorities have visited Kiev after February 24, in particular, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Bundestag President Barbel Bas have paid a visit. The German Chancellor, on the other hand, refused to visit because the Ukrainian capital would not receive President Frank-Walter Steinmeier because of his allegedly insufficiently tough policy towards Russia. Later, Zelensky called Steinmeier and resolved these differences. Scholz also said that he intended to come to Kiev not for protocol photos, but when there was an occasion to discuss "concrete things".

The German opposition has criticized Scholz for alleged slowness on the issue of Ukrainian settlement and insufficient supplies of heavy weapons to the Kiev authorities.