After meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky planned to visit the German Defense Ministry and hold "working talks" with its head, Annegret Kramp-Karenbauer, but the meeting was canceled. This was reported by Deutsche Welle.
Ukraine seeks to persuade Berlin to agree to sell German defense weapons to the Ukrainian army. According to the agency, this could have been discussed if Zelensky's meeting with Kramp-Karenbauer had taken place.
The German government refuses to sell weapons to Kyiv referring to the German weapons export doctrine prohibits the sale of weapons to the conflict regions, with Berlin’s exception only for Israel - due to country's historical responsibility for the Holocaust.
Kyiv could hope for a similar exception, given Germany's historical responsibility to Ukraine, the newspaper writes. When, during the coordination of the details of the visit, it became clear that Berlin would not go for it, it became superfluous to negotiate in the German Ministry of Defense. The fact that, contrary to the original planning, Ukraine's Minister of Defense Andriy Taran did not fly to Berlin with Zelensky also proves such a version.
Earlier, on July 11, Zelensky arrived with a two-day working visit to Germany.
Among the topics raised during the visit were the launch of Nord Stream 2, the strengthening of Germany's role in the Normandy format and establishing peace in Donbas.