European Council President Charles Michel will journey to Kyiv early subsequent week, two individuals briefed on the journey informed POLITICO.
Michel will visit Ukraine to commemorate the Maidan protests, which began on November 21, 2013. The protests got here after the choice of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to pull out of a political and financial affiliation settlement with the EU. Russia blasted the rebellion as a Western-fomented “coup” and used it to justify its army motion in Ukraine in 2014.
The visit comes forward of the European Council summit in mid-December, the place EU leaders will focus on the recommendation of the European Commission to open formal accession negotiations with Ukraine. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Kyiv simply forward of the announcement, promising Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continued EU help.
A spokesperson for Michel stated they may not verify the visit however that they are going to be in Berlin at first of subsequent week.