German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on his inauguration, German Cabinet official Martina Fitz said.
“The chancellor congratulates Mr. Zelensky on his inauguration. He is taking office in accordance with a democratic mandate,” Fitz told reporters in Berlin on Monday in response to a question from Interfax.
Relations between Germany and Ukraine “remain close” and Germany will continue providing support to Ukraine in its development and reforms, she said.
Fitz was unable to name a date for the upcoming meeting between Merkel and Zelensky, however. The meeting will take place “soon,” she said. “I can’t give an exact date as of yet,” she said.
An official gathering of Members of Parliament of Ukraine for a swearing-in ceremony of newly elected President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky will begin at 10:00 Kyiv time on Monday, May 20; the venue is the parliament’s session hall.
Relevant draft resolution No. 10270-2 was backed by 315 MPs at a plenary session on Thursday, May 16, according to an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent.