The prime ministers of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia are in a secretly prepared mission coordinated with the EU to President Zelenskiy: “Signal of unconditional support”.
The matter had been prepared under the strictest secrecy. Even the closest associates of Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala only found out about the head of government’s trip in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Two hours later, the spokesman for the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecky, appeared before the press: The train with Fiala, Morawiecky, the quasi-central figure of Polish politics, Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Jansa, have already crossed the border into the exceeded Ukraine. He was expected in Kyiv late in the evening.
It is the first visit by high-ranking EU politicians to the Ukrainian President Zelenskiy in the capital Kyiv and a remarkable act of solidarity. “This is a signal to Ukraine that the Czech Republic stands by their side,” said Prime Minister Fiala from the train, “and that President Zelensky has our unconditional support.” guarantee and ensure that it is ready to help in the renewal of the country. At such a pivotal moment for the whole world, it is our duty to be there where history is made.”
Such a sign of support was not only requested by Zelenskiy personally, but also by other top Ukrainian politicians. The governor of the Ukrainian region of Chernivtsi said on Tuesday to the KURIER addressing EU policy: “You should all come to us today, not just to the border, but to Kyiv. Come check this out and tell me if you still understand Putin.”
The trip had apparently already been proposed last Friday at a meeting of EU heads of government. From then on, the government offices in Warsaw in particular planned the visit, in close coordination with the EU Commission and NATO, as is emphasized.
The final decision should not be made until Monday. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council. Charles Michel had of course been informed and consulted. However, there is no actual common mandate for all EU states. According to Fiala, even the UN is informed about the visit of the politicians.
Where and when the meetings with Zelensky and the Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal would take place remained secret. Even Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky was reticent about the media: he would not comment on matters on which the safety of this trip depended.
A high-ranking Czech officer told Czech radio that the Russians were also informed. Nevertheless, according to the military, there is an “actual risk”. It cannot be ruled out that something unforeseen will happen, “for example if someone discovers that they were not informed about the politicians’ journey and undertakes an attack.”
The topics that one wanted to discuss with the Ukrainians remained under wraps for the time being. Poland and the Czech Republic are among those EU countries that are pushing for an even tougher stance on the Russian invasion, and also for more arms supplies. Officially, however, they only traveled to Kyiv to show solidarity and hand over a large aid package. By the way, a government jet should already be waiting at the airport in Prague for the return trip.