Merkel says dialogue with Poroshenko "very important"

18:00, 12 April 2019
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At a joint press conference with Poroshenko in Berlin on Friday, April 12, Merkel was asked what she would say if someone claimed she supported the incumbent Ukrainian president in the light of the fact that French leader Emmanuel Macron was set to meet both election rivals – Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky – while the German Chancellor opted for a meeting with just Poroshenko, according to an UNIAn correspondent.

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Responding to the question, Merkel said: "I decided to invite Mister President. I've been in constant contact with him, we recently met at a Munich Security Conference. We meet regularly, we have a constant exchange of information, constant meetings. And also, in times where we have elections, I also decided to invite him because dialogue with him is very important to me."

As UNIAN reported earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, April 12, will receive Ukraine's presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelensky and Petro Poroshenko.

The two will clash in the presidential election runoff scheduled for April 21.

In the first round, Zelensky secured a landslide win with 30.24% of the votes against Poroshenko's 15.95%.

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