He made such statement before his visit to Ukraine after the inauguration of new president Volodymyr Zelensky. Maas’s French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Ukraine along with him.
"It was important to me to travel with (Jean-Yves Le Drian) to Kyiv after the inauguration of President (Volodymyr) Zelensky to make it clear that Germany and France are not slackening in their commitment to Ukraine — indeed, quite the opposite," Maas said.
He also expressed the hope that the Donbas conflict would end during the term of the new Ukrainian president.
"The people in eastern Ukraine need peace at last. The dynamics brought about by this election could offer a chance to overcome the stalemate and finally put the peace plan of the Minsk agreement into practice".
Volodymyr Zelensky assumed the office and became the sixth president of Ukraine. The solemn ceremony of inauguration took place in Kyiv on Monday, May 20.
Zelensky dismissed Ukrainian Parliament at his inauguration and announced early elections after he took an oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people.
Later, Zelensky’s advisor on legal issues Andriy Bohdan confirmed that snap elections to Ukraine’s Parliament might be held on July 21.