European Council President Charles Michel will journey to Kyiv early subsequent week, two folks briefed on the journey instructed POLITICO.
Michel will go to 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 drag 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 go to comes forward of the European Council summit in mid-December, the place EU leaders will talk about the advice of the European Fee to open formal accession negotiations with Ukraine. European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen visited Kyiv simply forward of the announcement, promising Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continued EU assist.
A spokesperson for Michel stated they might not affirm the go to however that they are going to be in Berlin at first of subsequent week.