Who is the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin who keeps talking to everyone?

With his latest speech, he had already crossed a border, as a result of which a significant number of both the ruling German coalition and opposition parties demanded his order. It has happened that Chancellor Olaf Scholz has indicated that he is not traveling to Kiev yet. To this, Ambassador Melnik immediately posted that

to behave like an offended liver sausage is not exactly worthy of a prime minister! The most devastating war in Ukraine since the Nazi occupation is not a kindergarten.

This chancellery sign had a precedent – German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier would have traveled to Kiev in mid-April to accompany the Estonian, Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian heads of state. However, the Kiev leadership signaled before the road that they did not welcome the German president. And the antecedents of this are that, according to Ukraine, Steinmeier – who was twice foreign minister under Angela Merkel’s chancellery – had too cordial relations with the Russians and supported North Stream 2, which was partly funded by Russia.

The remark on Olaf Scholz has already been unanimously rejected by German political figures. Wolfgang Kubicki, Vice-President of the Social Democratic Party (FDP), Social Democrat Coalition Partner he said:

Olaf Scholz is not a sausage, he is the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. That is due respect.

Another FDP leader, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, has asked the Ukrainian ambassador to apologize to President Steinmeier. Johann Wadephul, vice-chairman of the parliamentary faction of the opposition (CDU / CSU) parties, also criticized the diplomat’s reaction. Wadephul said bluntly that such “inappropriate” terms should be avoided. He added: to the diplomats they must also behave appropriately towards government representatives in special situations.

The leader of the right-wing populist party in Alternative Germany (AfD) said “such provocations and insults” could not go unpunished and demanded that Ambassador Melnik be summoned to the Foreign Ministry. Steer Chrupalla stated that if Melnik does not apologize for his statements, the German government should initiate the recall of the ambassador.

Deputy Leader of the Left Linke Party, Sevim Dagdelen he simply called Melnik a Nazi sympathizerand urged his immediate expulsion in his Twitter post.

There was an awkward history

The ambassador of Ukraine had previously called the chairman of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee just s * gg head with noble simplicity. Shortly afterwards, he wrote to one of Die Linke’s left-wing politicians that he would “shut up” after former MP Fabio De Masi criticized the Azov battalion, which also featured Nazi sympathizers, on Twitter:

It was not the Russians who invented the Azov Regiment posing with Nazi flags and openly accepting advertisers of fascist ideas.

Melnik responded in a harsh message:

It’s better for Fabio De Masi to shut up with all his buddies. Die Linke has been surrounding Putin and aggressive Russia for decades. So you better shut up!

But who is Andrij Melnik?

He was born in 1975 in Lviv, Ukraine. He graduated from his hometown university in 1997 with a degree in international relations and speaks German and English at a high level. He studied law in Sweden and also attended Harvard. He began working in the Foreign Policy Department of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration in 1997, then at his country’s embassy in Vienna from 1999 to 2003, and from 2005 to 2007 as an adviser to President Yanukovych.

A true career diplomat. According to his biography represented Ukraine in several international organizations in diplomatic background talks. He was a consul in Hamburg from 2007 to 2012 and then worked in the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 2014. For a short time he was Deputy Minister of European Integration in the first Jacenyuk government. Since 2014, he has been appointed by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Berlin, President Petro Poroshenko.

(Cover photo: Andrij Melnik on February 15, 2015. Photo: MÃller-Stauffenberg / ullstein bild / Getty Images)

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