Former Ukrainian Ambassador to Berlin Andrey Melnik requested a personal meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in order to personally apologize to him for calling him “offended liverwurst” in May. The ex-head of the Ukrainian diplomatic mission stated this on Tuesday, August 2, in an interview with Bild TV.
“If the chancellor had received me before parting, I would have apologized to him,” Melnik said, explaining that he had sent a corresponding request to the department of the head of the German government. At the same time, he assessed the prospects for a personal meeting as uncertain. “We’ll see, I hope so,” Melnik said, explaining that it’s “good form to receive someone before they leave.”
What did Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk remember in Germany?
At the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Germany, which he held for seven and a half years, since the beginning of 2015, Andriy Melnik was remembered for a number of harsh statements regarding the leadership of Germany. In particular, he repeatedly accused ex-Chancellor Angela Merkel (Angela Merkel) and the former foreign minister, now German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Frank-Walter Steinmeier) for what, in his opinion, it was their policy of appeasement towards Moscow that made it possible Russian attack on Ukraine.
In May 2022, Melnik, commenting on the refusal Olaf Scholz pay a visit to Kyiv, said that the head of the German government “is pretending to be offended.” At the same time, he used a vivid idiomatic expression, which, in literal translation into Russian, sounds like “playing offended liver sausage” (“beleidigte Leberwurst spielen”).
After this statement caused a scandal, the Ukrainian ambassador refused to apologize to Scholz and only a month and a half later recognized the expression he used as “diplomatically inappropriate”, noting that he intended to apologize to the chancellor in person.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed Melnyk from his post at the beginning of July. After that, the media reported that in Kyiv the ex-ambassador could be appointed deputy minister of foreign affairs.