20 May 2019 14:20

Merkel congratulates Zelensky, date of meeting is not known yet

BERLIN. May 20 (Interfax) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on his inauguration, German Cabinet official Martina Fitz said.

"The chancellor congratulates Mr Zelensky on his inauguration. He is taking office in accordance with a democratic mandate," Fitz told reporters in Berlin on Monday in response to a question from Interfax.

Relations between Germany and Ukraine "remain close" and Germany will continue providing support to Ukraine in its development and reforms, she said.

Fitz was unable to name a date for the upcoming meeting between Merkel and Zelensky, however. The meeting will take place "soon," she said. "I can't give an exact date as of yet," she said.