Who will come to the inauguration of Zelensky
On the eve, the exact date of the inauguration of the new president of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, became known. It will take place on May 20th. Which foreign leaders will take his oath?
This question, like where the showman will inflict his first foreign visit, interests the world press from the day Zelensky won a landslide victory in the second round of the presidential election.
Lithuania — yes, Poland — no
Ukraine’s close neighbor and one of the inspirers of Euromaidan, Poland, is not ready to share the holiday with Zelensky. The press service of the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, said that he had no plans to go to Kiev. The reasons for failure are not called.
«The President of Poland is not going to come to the inauguration of Zelensky,» — said in a press release. Zelensky place was not found in the schedule of the President of the European Council Donald Tusk. He has other events scheduled for the 20th.
“As I understand it, he already has other obligations on this day,” a source in Brussels told RIA Novosti.
The source noted that the schedule of meetings of the head of the European Council is planned for the week ahead and usually in the second half of Friday. Recall the previous head of the main body of the European Union, Herman Van Rompuy, flew to the inauguration of the former President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. In contrast to Warsaw and Brussels, Vilnius remained true to tradition. As in 2014, the Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite — one of the most important supporters of “punishing” Russia for its actions in Ukraine — will arrive in Kiev. Especially since she now has more time than five years ago. Last week a presidential election was held in Lithuania, in which Grybauskaite did not take part.
The Lithuanian president noted that Ukraine is “very close” to Lithuania, and the Lithuanian people support the aspiration of Ukrainians to “create their own European future and protect the territorial integrity of their country,” Sputnik Lithuania reports. Assistant Secretary General of NATO, Alejandro Alvargonsales.
Other European politicians at the time of writing their intention to come or not come have not yet confirmed.
So will there be a vice president of the USA?
Not less than politicians from overseas are waiting for guests from Europe in Kiev. Now in the media, there are messages disproving each other about the possible appearance of the vice-president of the United States Mike Pence at the ceremony. Some Ukrainian media reported that Pence would not come. The reason for the cancellation of the visit was attributed to the arrival of the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky in Ukraine, against whom the United States is investigating the money laundering case.
Other sources claimed the opposite. Yesterday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin, who has already signed his resignation letter today, did not rule out Pens coming.
The presence of high-ranking guests is discussed. I can confirm that the vice president of the United States is one of the options
— said Klimkin.
The former minister said he was interested in the presence of representatives from Europe, Asia, and North America. I think there will be many guests. After all, always during the inauguration there is an opportunity to speak in person, such first meetings help to establish personal contact, ”added Klimkin. At the inauguration of Poroshenko, American Vice President attended. Unlike Pens, Joseph Biden had personal motives to visit Kiev. After all, his son did business with the Ukrainian oil and gas company Burisma Holdings.
As you can see, the Trump administration is not eager to move closer to Zelensky. On the eve of the personal attorney of the head of the White House, Rudolf Giuliani, hinted that until the new president gets rid of Kolomoisky, there is nothing to talk with him about.
The corners tried to smooth the US special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker. In an interview with the BBC, he said that a delegation of high-ranking American officials would attend the inauguration.
This will be the highest level of representation, which will correspond to the inauguration status of the head of state who is among our friends,
— assured Volker.
Which of ours?
In addition to the participation of Pens, they speculate on the appearance of Vladimir Putin in Kiev. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not dispel these rumors, citing the fact that no invitation had been received from Kiev.
“At the moment I don’t know about any plans to hold contacts. As far as I know, there were no invitations at any level, ”noted Peskov.
But it is clear to all the slightest-minded journalists that the Russian president will not go to Kiev.
It is possible that on May 20 some Russian politicians will go to Ukraine. No one would be surprised if Ksenia Sobchak or Alexey Navalny, who had already congratulated Zelensky, found themselves in this list. Or Russian pop stars who will not miss the opportunity to perform with concerts in front of millions of their fans in Ukraine. One of them, Philip Kirkorov, went ahead and offered his mediation efforts in building bridges of friendship between the Zelensky administration and the Kremlin. Someone owed them (the relations of Russia and Ukraine — Tsargrad) restored