Former Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk said on BILD’s Right Questions talk show on Tuesday that he had requested a meeting with Chancellor Scholz before leaving Germany. He said this in an interview with the Vice President Bild Paul Ronzheimer.
“If the Chancellor had received me, I would have apologized to him,” he admitted.
Recall that in May Melnik compared Scholz to a “offended liverwurst” (literal translation of the German phraseological unit). Then he sharply criticized Scholz for the fact that he refused to travel to Kyiv in connection with Kyiv’s refusal to visit German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
In an interview with BILD, the former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, assessed the prospects for a personal meeting with the chancellor as uncertain: “We’ll see, I hope so.” According to him, this is “part of good manners: when someone leaves, they are accepted.”
The miller admitted that he was dissatisfied with his behavior. “My main desire was and remains to strengthen relations with Germany, even if it did not always look like this,” he stressed.
At the same time, Melnik justifies his criticism indecision of the federal government regarding Ukraine, in particular, with the supply of weapons: “Sometimes, at least, I got the impression that you need to raise your voice and maybe also criticize. Without this, I think the German public, including the German public, might not fully realize the gravity of the situation,” he said.
Speaking about the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine, Melnyk said: “We need these weapons systems right now.”
He also expressed concern that the war could last for months, however, in his opinion, Ukraine will certainly win. The only question is what price to pay for it.
“And this price also depends on whether the German government, as well as other Western partners, will support us right now in this critical phase,” he stressed.
After returning to Kyiv, Melnik will continue to work in the diplomatic service of his country. “I’m getting ready to stay in the diplomatic service and also fight for Ukraine,” the ambassador said. He did not want to comment on reports that become deputy minister of foreign affairs.
According to him, the government must make a decision on this matter, “and therefore I do not want to speculate yet,” he said.