German Chancellor's meeting with Petro Poroshenko between two rounds of presidential elections in Ukraine journalists called "not normal" the Photo: Reuters German Chancellor Angela Merkel accepted the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Berlin. The meeting on Friday, April 12, became for Poroshenko already the 16th visit to the German capital during being the head of state. After negotiations it went to Paris to Emmanuel Macron who in the same day met with Vladimir Zelensky. Merkel with Zelensky did not begin to meet. And many German observers regarded this circumstance as possible attempt of the chancellor to give pre-election support of Poroshenko. Angela Merkel's meeting with Petro Poroshenko almost one week prior to the second round of elections in the German press is criticized. The Spiegel called it "outright intervention in an election campaign, public support of policy of the current president Poroshenko", and a meeting "not normal". At a press conference on Friday during the lunchtime Merkel literally justified herself — asked it a question: why she invited Poroshenko, and Zelensky is absent? So Merkel answered that she always met Poroshenko much. It is a lot of as with one other Ukrainian president — and here the meeting just dropped out on the eve of elections. But the German press, of course, does not believe in such coincidence. Süddeutsche Zeitung left with the heading "Merkel Lends a Shoulder to Poroshenko". It is that a visit to the chancellor the Ukrainian president can strengthen the positions, prove to be once again as the leader who is accepted and recognize in the West. And as desired person in Berlin. For example, in article remember that when in November Poroshenko had Merkel in Kiev, it was asked: as you think who will keep on a post of heads of states longer — you or Petro Poroshenko, and she left from the answer, having told that she does not interfere. And now, as writes Süddeutsche Zeitung, "it after all interferes!". But not only it, but also the president of France Emmanuel Macron — he in general received both candidates on Friday of one behind another with a difference at three o'clock — both Petro Poroshenko, and Vladimir Zelensky. And in general to it to "the European tour of the Ukrainian candidates" — that all of them in one day visited two chief European leaders — in Germany belong very crucially, calling "just inadmissible". In general the German press a lot of things surprises in a pre-election race. For example, very much struck the edition as here it call "a strange pre-election medical duel". It is that Poroshenko and Zelensky took a blood test on drugs and alcohol. It was broadcast by all Ukrainian channels, and of course it, well in Germany, will definitely not remember, their it shocked frankly a little. To add BFM.ru to your sources of news?
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