Caroline van der Plas, leader of the right-wing Dutch party Farmer-Civil Movement, a member of the country’s House of Representatives, called the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Amsterdam inappropriate and refused to participate in a meeting with him.
“May 4… One day of the year when we remember our victims of the war. <…> This is what should be the focus of attention on May 4th. Not Zelensky. I think his visit is very inappropriate, ”the politician wrote on her Twitter on Thursday, May 4.
She also noted that earlier this week she informed the speaker of the House of Representatives that she would not attend a meeting with the President of Ukraine.
May 4th is Memorial Day in the Netherlands. On this day, the memory of civilians and military personnel who died in World War II is honored annually. The official commemoration ceremony traditionally takes place on Dam Square in Amsterdam.
Zelensky’s plane landed at the Dutch airport Schiphol the night before. He arrived there from Finland, where he was on an official visit at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö. The talks between the presidents of the two countries were devoted to support for Ukraine, bilateral relations, as well as the global geopolitical situation.
On May 13, the Ukrainian leader plans to visit Berlin. A day later, Zelensky will have a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
However, as reported by the German portal T-Online, the trip of the President of Ukraine to Germany may not take place due to the leakage of information about it in the media.
Before that, on April 5, the Ukrainian president visited Poland. His visit began in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, where Polish leader Andrzej Duda met Zelensky and his wife, Elena.