The German press obtained information at the conference about the visit of the President of Ukraine to Berlin. The police have already launched an investigation, and in Kyiv they are thinking of abandoning the trip.
The previous day, information appeared in the German media about the visit of the President of Ukraine to Berlin on May 13. Journalists, citing local police officers, reported all the confidential details of the preparation for his arrival. In particular, which hotel will our president stay at, as well as the route of his motorcade.
Berlin law enforcement officials have already launched an investigation into who and how passed classified information to the media.
Irritation of Kyiv
The Berlin edition of BZ was the first to report on Zelensky’s visit to Germany. In particular, in its news, the media even named the hotel where the Ukrainian president will stay.
After that, many major German publications also wrote materials about Zelensky’s visit, which will also last May 14, with the confirmation of anonymous interlocutors. And subsequently, the media began to spread information from their own sources, “close to the Ukrainian government”, that because of the data leak in Kiev, they were “annoyed” that Zelensky’s train could be canceled.
Berlin police have already opened an investigation into the suspected disclosure of confidential data over security measures.
“Berlin police have never officially provided information that would endanger the visit,” the statement said.
Law enforcement officers emphasized that they only confirmed to the media the very fact of preparations for Zelensky’s visit, but made sure that they did not make any comments about security measures or cortege routes.
The German federal government also said it was deeply concerned about the data breach. Officials consider the “unprofessional and reckless behavior of the Berlin police” in this context. The federal government also admitted that the Ukrainian government now appears to be considering canceling the planned visit.
“People in Kyiv are ‘disappointed’ that apparently very sensitive security policy information was deliberately published in the German media,” writes Tagesspiegel.
International relations expert Miriam Kosmel of the Bertelsmann Foundation said German politicians sympathized with Kyiv’s reaction, as Zelenskiy’s visit was “first of all, not only for security reasons, very sensitive.”
“The fact that German officials are now releasing publicly the details of the trip, including a planned hotel, should make Kiev irritated and wary,” said Kosmel Tagesspiegel.
He recalled threats by former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who publicly called for the assassination of Zelensky, as well as a drone attack on the Kremlin.
“Accordingly, Russia may initiate more brutal actions in the war against Ukraine, because Russia is also waging this war on the European public. The Russian Federation has accused Ukraine of trying to kill President Vladimir Putin with the help of two drones in the Kremlin,” the expert added.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Oleksiy Makeev also reacted to the data leak and called the incident “very unfortunate”. The diplomat emphasized that the security of the head of state is a very serious issue, so such situations should not arise.
“I very much hope that we will find a way out,” Makeev said in a comment to the German news agency dpa late Thursday, May 4, adding that he could not comment further on this issue.
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