In July 2022, the president dismissed Andrii Melnyk from the position of ambassador of Ukraine to Germany.
Oleksiy Makeyev became the new ambassador of Germany in place of Andriy Melnyk / photo by Alexander Synitsa
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, appointed the special representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on sanctions policy, Oleksiy Makeyev, as the ambassador of Ukraine to Germany.
This is stated in decree of the head of state No. 662/2022.
“To appoint Oleksiy Serhiyovych Makeev Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Federal Republic of Germany,” the decree reads.
The dismissal of Andriy Melnyk from the post of ambassador to Germany
- On July 9, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi fired Andrii Melnyk from the post of Ambassador of Ukraine in Germany. Melnyk headed the diplomatic representation of Ukraine in Germany for 8 years, while ambassadors usually return from the country after four, at most six years.
- As ambassador, Melnyk criticized Berlin’s policy towards Ukraine.
- As the German mass media wrote, Makeev, like Melnyk, already knows how to make demands. During the debate on visas for Russians, the future ambassador said: “The ban on tourist visas for Russians is very important because it increases social pressure on the government in Moscow.”
- Journalists recall Melnyk’s words in an August interview, when he said that “perhaps my successor would like to appear nicer or nicer, behave more calmly, but in the end he will have no choice but to defend our interests with a firm and clear voice.”
Germany’s position regarding the Russian-Ukrainian war
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Berlin has condemned the aggression of Vladimir Putin and called on the parties to resolve the conflict peacefully, although, according to the media, gave Ukraine “a few hours”.
At the same time, Germany undertook to transfer weapons to Ukraine, then – some types of heavy weapons, according to a circular scheme with other European countries. However, the partners later began to criticize Berlin for delaying.
Scholz’s government takes cautious position regarding military support to Ukraine, in particular due to the fear of further escalation. The Bundeswehr also expressed fears that, by transferring weapons, Germany would weaken its defense potential at the same time.
On September 23, the German Parliament failed the vote for the transfer of tanks to Ukraine with a bang. Olaf Scholz himself believes that he has supplied the Armed Forces with enough weapons, associating this with the first successes of the defenders’ counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region.
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