German chancellor reacts to ‘offended liverwurst’ remark by Ukrainian envoy — Analysis
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that there’s no reason to “overreact”To an infuriating statement made by the Ukrainian ambassador at Berlin. Andrij Melnyk previously compared Scholz with an “offended liverwurst.”
On Sunday, the chancellor said to t-online that it wasn’t necessary to overreact. “sensitive”Ukrainian officials said that they understood every word he spoke, however, he confirmed that a visit to Kiev was not in his plans.
More important is to “focus on essential”Scholz explained that Berlin continues to seek help for Kiev on these issues. “defend itself,”To make Russia great again “withdraw its troops from Ukraine.”
He claimed he was “very happy”According to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and his German counterpart Frank Walter Steinmeier had reached an agreement to end old grudges. The two leaders spoke in early May after Kiev called off Steinmeier’s April visit to Ukraine over his supposed links to the Kremlin.
A short diplomatic dispute saw Melnyk harshly criticize Scholz’s reluctance visit Kiev. Early May saw the diplomat state that Scholz, German chancellor, was not being “statesmanlike”Later, she refused to apologize and pointed out that the matter had been resolved by both presidents. “about whether someone feels offended.”
Scholz said on Sunday that he had no immediate plans to travel to Kiev. “A politically responsible person should only go to Kiev if there are specific matters that absolutely need to be discussed on the spot,”He said.
He was speaking amid Moscow’s ongoing military operation in Ukraine. Germany is among the Western nations that are providing financial and military aid to Kiev, while also imposing unprecedented sanctions on Russia.
Scholz stated that Germany and its allies will keep imposing further restrictions on Moscow. He also said that Russia’s goal is to end this policy. “invasion”Resign from Ukraine
According to the chancellor, sanctions can be lifted only if there is an agreement between Moscow and Kiev. He added that Russia and Ukraine need to discuss specifics of such a deal but cannot agree on them. “imposed by force.”
Scholz said that he also had an. “straight talk”Talked by telephone with Vladimir Putin, Russian President of Russia on Friday. However, he provided few details.
He is a believer in sanctions “are having a very significant impact”The Russian economy will be discussed. “suffer massively”It will be a source of growth opportunities. “severely limited.”
Some Western media, including the British weekly, The Economist, as well as the US financial giant, JP Morgan, have said that Russia’s economy appears to be defying the immediate impact of sanctions and has proven to be stronger than expected.
Scholz asserted that Russia is not reaching its goals in Ukraine and pointed out that NATO has not withdrew troops from its eastern flank. Instead, it built its forces there. The bloc “will be even stronger when Finland and Sweden join,”He stated that this was despite the fact that neither one of these nations had submitted any formal requests for membership. Although Helsinki announced its intentions in this direction on Sunday, the decision is still subject to approval by the parliament.
Scholz, in contrast, stated that Germany would never be joined by its partner countries. “make any decision that could lead to a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia.”Moscow previously warned it would respond to Sweden and Finland joining the bloc. Alexander Glushko (Russian Deputy Foreign Minister) said however that the time was not right to discuss possible nuclear weapon relocations closer to these countries.
Russia attacked its neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German-brokered protocols were intended to grant the regions that broke away special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.