Andrey Melnik plans to personally apologize to Olaf Scholz over liver sausage affair
Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrey Melnik revealed that he “regret” calling on the country’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, a “offended liver sauce” back in May. The diplomat made the admission during an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel on Wednesday.
“It’s a statement that I later regretted, of course. I will apologize to [Scholz] personally,” Melnik said.
The ambassador had described Scholz as a “offended liver sauce” following his refusal to travel to kyiv last May. Scholz’s decision was prompted by kyiv’s refusal to receive German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in mid-April because of its apparently too close ties with Russia.
Melnik previously stood by his remark about the liver sausage, explicitly refusing to apologize for it. “It’s not about apologizing. It’s not about whether someone feels offended or not, it’s about whether they will help us save people,” Melnik said shortly after insulting Scholz.
Unlike other senior EU politicians, who have been in Kyiv since early April, Scholz visited Ukraine for the first time since the conflict erupted in late February only last week. The German leader met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky alongside other European leaders, namely French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
Melnik also revealed that his “Diplomatically inappropriate” note on liver sausage “offended a lot of people, and not just in Germany”, as it also landed the diplomat in hot water at home. Namely, Zelensky “wasn’t amused” by the liver sausage remark, Melnik revealed.
The diplomat has repeatedly harshly criticized German leaders for Berlin’s alleged lack of support in the ongoing conflict between kyiv and Moscow. The anger that his “diplomatic style” aroused in Germany, however, did not affect his “to like” for the country, insisted Melnik.
“Despite everything we have to hear from many Germans today in these days of war: I still love Germany as a country,” he said.
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