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Ukraine seeks to patch up relations with Germany after snub to president

By Patrick Wintour

13 Apr 2022 · 4 min read

Kyiv has tried to patch up diplomatic relations with Germany after snubbing a planned visit by the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, saying it would welcome a visit instead by the chancellor, Olaf Scholz.

The snub to Steinmeier, who has a history as an advocate of close Russian-German economic ties, led to a backlash in Germany, with Scholz describing it on Wednesday as “confusing”.

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