Ukrainian ambassador calls for German leadership

As of: 01/25/2022 00:21 a.m

The country’s ambassador Melnyk demanded that Germany should rethink the issue of arms deliveries to Ukraine daily topics. He expects Chancellor Scholz to play a leading role in the conflict.

The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, has once again spoken out in favor of Germany supplying his country with weapons.

“It’s important that diplomacy works – but that diplomacy also needs to be backed up with a robust stance and also with deterrence measures. That’s why we believe arms shipments should remain on the table,” he said daily topics.

Andrij Melnyk, Ambassador to Ukraine, considers German arms deliveries to Ukraine to be justified in the event of a defense

daily topics 10:40 p.m., 24.1.2022

“Rethinking in Berlin”

The ambassador emphasized that it was important to de-escalate – but one could never know what Russian President Vladimir Putin was up to. That is why Germany should drop its blocking attitude and argue differently. “In view of this threat situation, you have to rethink in Berlin,” added Melnyk.

His country is building on the leadership role of the new Chancellor – and that Olaf Scholz is committed to convening a meeting at the highest level in Berlin as part of the so-called Normandy format “as soon as possible without any preconditions”. He continues to pin his hopes on this forum, which includes Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. “Germany should play a leading role in these difficult times, including in the Normandy format,” Melnyk demanded.

Rely on preventive sanctions

The Ukrainian ambassador welcomed the fact that the EU is preparing sanctions against Russia – although in his view these should also be imposed preventively – and not only after a possible invasion. In this way, according to Melnyk, Putin should be prevented from doing exactly that.

At the same time, the ambassador called for his country to have prospects of joining the EU: “That wouldn’t provoke Putin either, it’s an economic alliance. We believe that these accents are needed from Germany right now,” Melnyk continued.

Reference-www.tagesschau.de

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