During a visit to Ukraine, the leaders of Germany, France and Italy "behind closed doors" probably urged Volodymyr Zelensky to sit down at the negotiating table with Russia, writes the German newspaper Die Welt.
As the newspaper notes, while in Kyiv, Olaf Scholz, Emmanuel Macron and Mario Draghi advocated granting Ukraine the status of a candidate member of the European Union.
“In exchange, the heads of state and government “behind closed doors” most likely persuaded Zelensky to sit down at the negotiating table with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the newspaper says.
The economic damage suffered by these European countries due to the consequences of the crisis is getting worse and harder to compensate.
"Economic growth has slowed down, inflation has reached a record level," recalls Die Welt.
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The Russian forces destroyed a column of NATO armoured vehicles that had been delivered to the Ukrainian army.