* Chancellor Angela Merkel received shortly before the local runoff election, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko – from the point of view of the SPD a political mistake. Foreign politician Schmid calls the behavior “strange”.
The foreign policy spokesman of the SPD parliamentary group, Nils Schmid, criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel hard because of her meeting with President Petro Poroshenko a few days before the runoff election in Ukraine. “It is a political mistake and strange that Mrs. Merkel Poroshenko has met one and a half weeks before the election,” said Schmid the SPIEGEL. “That’s how the impression of unilateral partisanship came about.”
The CDU politician Poroshenko had received last Friday in the Chancellery and this justifies having to discuss urgent issues with the Ukrainian President. Poroshenko is far behind his challenger Volodymyr Selensky in the polls. French President Emmanuel Macron had received on the same day first Selensky and then incumbent Poroshenko in Paris. The ballot in Ukraine will take place on Easter Sunday.
“Although Selensky is not so well-known to us in Germany, and we have worked well with Poroshenko so far, Selensky has also made a clear commitment to Ukraine’s pro-European course, focusing on fighting corruption and uniting the country,” he said the SPD foreign policy continues. “Instead of promoting Poroshenko’s polarizing election campaign ‘I or Putin’, it would have been better for Merkel, like President Macron, to have sought dialogue with both candidates equally.”
The Chancellor had already rejected such allegations, but so far were only brought forward by the opposition. With the Social Democrat Schmid expresses now the responsible specialist politician of the coalition partner. Also CDU chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer met last Friday in Berlin with Poroshenko.
Merkel and the president have been working together for many years. The Chancellor has been particularly involved in the Ukraine conflict since the so-called Maidan revolution at the end of 2013. Germany and France are trying to solve the conflict between Kiev and Moscow in the “Normandy format”.
SPD foreign minister Schmid was in Kiev last week for political talks before the runoff election for the presidency and met, among others, with the campaign manager Selensky. The challenger Poroshenko is TV producer and comedian.
After the first round of the presidential election, the incumbent is back in a recent survey with 30 percentage points behind Selensky. Even if the undecided would vote for Poroshenko, he would have no chance, according to this opinion, again to become head of state. Especially as in the west of the country, actually a stronghold of the incumbent, Selensky now leads with three percentage points. In the first round, he received twice as many votes as the incumbent.
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