Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk called German Chancellor Olaf Scholz “an offended liverwurst” in response to the politician’s refusal to come to Kyiv. The German magazine Spiegel writes about this on May 3
“Playing offended liverwurst is not very state-of-the-art,” Melnyk said.
The day before, Scholz said that he would not go to Kyiv due to the fact that Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky did not accept German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in his country.
On April 12, the German president said that Ukraine considered his visit to the country undesirable. According to Steinmeier, such a decision was made in Kyiv despite his readiness for dialogue.
On April 3, Melnik accused the German president of maintaining ties with Russia. He noted that even the conduct of a special operation by the Russian Federation to protect the inhabitants of Donbass “does not play a big role” in relation to the head of state towards Moscow.
In response to this, Steinmeier called his attitude towards the Russian Federation, namely support for Nord Stream 2, erroneous. According to him, Germany failed in its attempts to build a single “European home” with the participation of Moscow and involve it in a common security system.
At the same time, on April 29, Spiegel reported that Scholz was condemned by German residents for crossing the North Pole to bypass Russian airspace while flying from Japan to Germany. Readers of the magazine considered such a flight unreasonable in terms of fuel costs and climate-related concerns.