September 27, 2022

Germany calls Zelensky’s refusal to accept Steinmeier an insult

FILE - In this June 24, 2015 file photo German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives for an official state dinner for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in front of Germany's President Joachim Gauck's residence, Bellevue Palace, in Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

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Ukraine’s refusal to accept German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is an insult to the whole of Germany. On Wednesday, April 13, Gunnar Lindemann, a member of the Landtag (city chamber of deputies) of Berlin, told Izvestia, adding that Chancellor Olaf Scholz should not come to Kyiv.

“[Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky’s refusal to accept Federal President Steinmeier is an insult to Germany. The German government must immediately stop all cash payments and military supplies to Ukraine. Anyone who behaves as disrespectfully as Zelensky towards the head of the German state does not deserve any support,” he urged.

According to the politician, Chancellor Scholz should not have gone to Kyiv. In addition, Germany must return to the foreign policy of former German Vice Chancellor Hans Dietrich Genscher and act as a reliable mediator in this conflict, Lindemann concluded.

Earlier that day, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk announced that the Ukrainian authorities had invited Scholz to visit Kyiv instead of President Steinmeier. It was noted that the conversation during the visit of the head of the German government should concern the supply of heavy weapons.

The day before, German media reported that Zelensky refused to accept Steinmeier in Kyiv because of his position towards Russia. As one of the sources recalled, the German President supported the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and is considered the creator of the Russia-friendly policy of the German Cabinet.

Steinmeier confirmed to journalists the information that he was refused to be received in Kyiv. Together with the presidents of Poland and the three Baltic states, he intended to visit the country on 13 April.

Earlier, on April 4, the President of Germany called his attitude towards the Russian Federation, namely the support of Nord Stream 2, wrong. 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.

The day before, Melnik accused Steinmeier of maintaining ties with Russia. He noted that even the conduct of a special operation to protect the inhabitants of Donbass “does not play a big role” in the attitude of the President of Germany towards Moscow.

Western countries began to arm Ukraine against the backdrop of a special operation carried out by Russia to protect the civilian population of Donbass, which was announced on February 24 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was preceded by an aggravation of the situation in the region, an appeal by the leadership of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics with a request for help, and the subsequent recognition by Russia of the independence of the Donbass republics.

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