During a telephone conversation, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky discussed the situation in Donbas and the European perspective of Ukraine with the newly elected leader of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), Minister-President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet. This was reported by the press service of the head of state.
The new leader of the CDU stressed that Ukraine can rely on the continuity of German policy. Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his sincere gratitude for this and noted that it is very important for Ukrainians, especially in the issue of achieving peace in Donbas.
"We highly appreciate that thanks to the CDU, the current coalition agreement with the Social Democrats enshrined an arrangement on strong support for Ukraine in carrying out reforms and achieving peace. We hope that with your support this tradition will be continued in the next coalition agreement following the results of the upcoming elections to the Bundestag," the Ukrainian President said.
The possibility of consolidating Ukraine's European perspective in the future coalition agreement was discussed.
"We also hope that the wording on support for Ukraine and its European integration course will be even more ambitious, including consolidation of Ukraine's European perspective," Volodymyr Zelensky said.
As we reported earlier, Armin Laschet has been chosen as the new leader of Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union party.
The decision as to who would become the leader of the CDU - current Chancellor Angela Merkel's party - comes months before an election to see who will replace her premier of Germany.
Laschet is seen as a pragmatic politician and the most likely to continue down the same political-centre path with the CDU as Merkel.