BERLIN, October 20. /TASS/. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier cancelled his visit to Kiev, scheduled for Thursday, for security reasons, the Bild newspaper reported.
According to the report, the visit was being coordinated for a few weeks, but the German president’s office had to cancel it amid "security concerns."
The move was met with dissatisfaction and even resentment by the Kiev government, the German paper said.
"While the federal president is cancelling his visit, lots of foreign diplomats and guests want to be present in the [Ukrainian] capital right now," a spokesperson for the Kiev government told Bild.
According to the newspaper, the Greek foreign minister visited Kiev on Wednesday, while "a state leader’s visit" is due on Thursday.
Bild also reported that Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, the Ministry of Interior and security agencies recommended Steinmeier to avoid visiting Kiev. The decision to cancel the visit was made on Tuesday.
Bild reported in mid-April that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky had refused to receive Steinmeier, who wanted to visit Kiev. The Kiev government believed that at that point, the German president was "too soft" on Russia. The decision was widely criticized by various German political forces.