“For Steinmeier, relations with Russia were and remain something sacred”
Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk again sharply attacks the Federal President. Frank-Walter Steinmeier lacks sensitivity, Melnyk complains – and accuses him that the Russian attack does not play a major role for him. The federal government then protected the SPD politician.
MThe Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, called for more commitment and also a reassessment of Germany’s Russia policy and justified this in part with sharp words.
“If this foreign policy disaster in the Federal Republic is not addressed (…), then there is a risk that something similar will happen again and that you will become addicted again,” Melnyk said on the ARD program “Report from Berlin” on Sunday night .
The diplomat also commented on a scheduled meeting with Federal President Steinmeier over the next few days. Already on the first day of the war he had asked for an interview with Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “There was no answer” – his foreign policy adviser had now invited him. “Of course I’m coming for talks next week.”
Also on Sunday, in another interview, Melnyk confirmed the SPD politician’s highly questionable political affiliation with Russia. “For Steinmeier, the relationship with Russia was and remains something fundamental, even sacred, no matter what happens. The war of aggression does not play a major role either, “Melnyk told Tagesspiegel.
From the point of view of Russian President Vladimir Putin, there is no Ukrainian people, no language, no culture and therefore no state. “Steinmeier seems to share the idea that Ukrainians are not really an issue,” Melnyk criticized.
The harsh criticism called for the federal government to take action on Monday. “We reject the criticism of the Federal President,” said Deputy Government Spokesman Wolfgang Büchner in Berlin. This applies “with all understanding of the extraordinary situation in which Ukraine finds itself in this terrible war”.
“Sensitivity is a foreign word to Steinmeier,” Melnyk says
With a view to a Ukraine solidarity concert he boycotted by the federal president, where Russian musicians were also to perform, Melnyk had told “Tagesspiegel”: “That with the concert was not a mistake”, on the contrary: “The concert was over In my opinion it is a clear signal in the direction of Moscow, perhaps even to show Putin: I keep the fort here. ” Steinmeier knows, “how we Ukrainians tick and how sensitive the issue is,” Melnyk said. “Sensitivity is a foreign word to Steinmeier, at least in relation to Ukraine”.
Germany still has too many vested interests in relation to Russia, such as dependence on gas, oil and coal. Steinmeier’s actions as head of the chancellery and later as foreign minister are also to blame.
“Steinmeier has created a web of contacts with Russia for decades. There are many people involved in this, who are now at the crossroads,” stressed the militant ambassador, naming the foreign policy adviser to Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Jens Plötner and the State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Andreas Michaelis There were also many important ambassadors.
“It all makes a difference,” Melnyk continued, who saw Monday morning, after the news of the Butscha massacre, on twitter again demanded consequences of Germany. “Dear Federal Government, I recommend that you read these reports of raped and murdered children in Bucha & Irpin before explaining to us again why an immediate embargo on gas, oil and coal is not possible. How will Germany live with that? ?? ”