Andriy Melnyk: After heavy criticism – SPD leaders meet Ukrainian ambassador

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After strong criticism from Melnyk – SPD leaders meet Ukrainian ambassador

Esken and Klingbeil meet Ukrainian Ambassador Melnyk

SPD leaders Lars Klingbeil and Saskia Esken try to limit the damage to Ukrainian Ambassador Melnyk. He had previously repeatedly criticized the Russian policy of the SPD.

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Ukrainian Ambassador Melnyk repeatedly attacks the SPD and its policies, most recently ex-foreign minister Gabriel. SPD leader Saskia Esken has now shared a photo of a meeting with Melnyk on Twitter and wrote that it was valuable “to keep discussions open and trusting”.

NOTAfter further harsh criticism from Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk about the Russian policy of the Social Democrats, the SPD leadership met with the diplomat. “Especially at a time when our hearts are heavy and the debates sometimes heated, it is all the more valuable to maintain open and trusting conversations,” SPD leader Saskia Esken tweeted on Tuesday morning. Additionally, she posted a photo that shows her with party co-leader Lars Klingbeil on Melnyk’s side, and thanked her for the conversation.

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In recent weeks, the ambassador had repeatedly condemned the SPD’s earlier course on Russia in sharp words and called for more German arms supplies to Ukraine. There was a bitter exchange of blows this weekend when former Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) criticized the “targeted attacks” against Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a guest article for “Spiegel”. and accused Melnyk of “conspiracy theories”.

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Melnyk’s assertion that during his active years as a politician, Steinmeier had “for decades created a spider’s web of contacts with Russia”, which has had an impact on the current government, insinuates that the former chancellor and foreign minister helped organize the representation of Russia’s interests in Germany. “This is wrong and vicious,” Gabriel wrote.

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Melnyk reacted to Gabriel’s contribution in these terms: “Above all, your years of pro-Putin politics and those of your SPD cronies were malicious, which brought about the barbaric war of annihilation against the state, the nation , culture, against women and children in the first place.”

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