“It’s not a sausage”
Scholz gets support after Melnyk attack
05/03/2022, 5:51 p.m.
Olaf Scholz does not want to go to Ukraine at the moment. The Chancellor justifies this by disinviting the Federal President. The Ukrainian ambassador Melnyk then shoots sharply at Scholz and misinterprets the tone. This is not welcomed even by the opposition.
Politicians from all parties have condemned a verbal attack by Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk on Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “Olaf Scholz is not a sausage, he is the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany,” FDP Deputy Chairman Wolfgang Kubicki said in Berlin, adding: “That must be respected.” Melnyk previously called the Chancellor “offended liver sauce”.
Scholz had previously justified his reluctance to travel to Ukraine, which was under attack from Russia, by saying that Ukraine had canceled a trip planned by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in mid-April. It gets in the way of his journey, Scholz said. On Tuesday, the leader of the opposition in the Bundestag, Friedrich Merz, traveled to Ukraine where, among other things, meetings with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Schmyhal and the mayor of kyiv Vitali Klitschko were planned. The trip puts pressure on Scholz.
The deputy leader of the Union faction, Johann Wadephul, criticized the reaction of the ambassador. “The tone is inappropriate,” the CDU politician told Editorial Network Germany. “Even in a particular situation, diplomatic representatives should behave appropriately towards government officials.” Melnyk argued that this was a war of annihilation in Ukraine. “It’s not a kindergarten,” he said. At the same time, the diplomat stressed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will continue to be happy to receive Scholz in Kyiv.
Don’t act like nothing happened
FDP politician Marie-Agnès Strack-Zimmermann made a suggestion to solve the problem: “Perhaps, dear Mr. Melnyk, you will simply apologize to the president and then politely invite the chancellor to come,” said she told the newspapers of the Funk media group. Ukraine cannot first cancel the Federal President’s invitation and then expect Scholz to come to Kyiv.
Former Bundestag President Wolfgang Thierse made a similar statement. “If our federal president is treated in this way, a chancellor should not come to the country and pretend that nothing happened,” the SPD politician told MDR. Thierse called Melnyk’s statements to Scholz “unconventional”. AfD faction leader Tino Chrupalla went even further, demanding consequences after Melnyk’s verbal attack. “Such provocations and insults from constitutional bodies cannot be accepted idly. The federal government must summon Ambassador Melnyk immediately,” Chrupalla said. If Melnyk is unreasonable, the government must insist that he be recalled immediately.