Olaf Scholz urged not to “put on the golden scales” every word of Kyiv, pointing out that hostilities are taking place in Ukraine. The Ambassador of Ukraine called him “an insulted liver sausage” after refusing to visit Kyiv before the visit of the President of Germany
Since hostilities have been going on in Ukraine for several weeks, every word of Kyiv should not be “put on the golden scales,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an interview with t-online. So he commented on the words of the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, who called Scholz “an offended liver sausage.” after he called an obstacle to his visit to Kyiv the refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to receive German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
When Scholz was asked to comment on Melnik's criticism, he wished to leave these words to the journalist.
< p>“The important thing is that we are focused on the main thing: we want to help Ukraine defend itself. And together with our allies, we want to silence Russia and withdraw its troops from Ukraine. That's why we have imposed extensive sanctions,” — Scholz stressed.
In early May, Melnyk said that the fact that not a single representative of the federal government of Germany had visited the country since the start of hostilities indicated “lethargy German politics”, specifying that his criticism does not concern Scholz personally, but the entire government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
After that, Scholz, in an interview with ZDF, said that he could not come to Kyiv until the German president visited there. He considered “a rather remarkable event” that Ukraine refused to accept Steinmeier when the latter wanted to visit Kyiv with the presidents of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in April. However, according to the President of Germany, the Ukrainian side denied him a visit. According to Bild, the reason was “close ties”; President of Germany with Russia in recent years.
Scholz recalled that Berlin provides financial and military assistance to Kyiv and can become a potential guarantor of its security. “You can't say: the president can't come,” — concluded the Chancellor.
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In response to this, Melnik said that “pretending to be an insulted liver sausage” not very stately,” adding that, nevertheless, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would be happy with Scholz’s visit. The Ukrainian ambassador stressed that Kyiv is waiting for more than symbolic visits from the German government to approve a proposal for the supply of heavy weapons.
Later, Zelensky invited Scholz to visit Ukraine on May 9. “He [Scholz] can take this very powerful political step and come here to Kyiv on May 9th. I will not explain the meaning of this, I think you are educated enough to understand why, — Zelensky said. Scholz never arrived in Kyiv.
On May 10, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock visited Ukraine, it was noted that this was the first visit of a representative of the federal government of Germany since the beginning of the Russian military operation. According to Scholz, Burbock's visit was the result of a conversation between German and Ukrainian Presidents Steinmeier and Zelensky, in which the parties eliminated “annoying factors that were in the past.”
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