Germany’s Scholz criticized over Kiev ‘photo-op’ comment

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After weeks of dismissing questions over whether he would personally go to Kiev to meet Ukrainian leaders, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has provoked criticism from the opposition by saying he did not want to take part in a visit for a “photo op.” Speaking to broadcaster RTL on Monday, Scholz said: “I will not line up in a group of people who are making a short in-and-out visit with a photo op. It would need to be about concrete things.” His comments were picked up on Tuesday by conservative opposition leader Friedrich Merz – who himself visited Kiev recently and met Ukrainian President Volody…

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