The Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk was outraged because of the calls of German politicians to lift sanctions against Russia, calling the initiative a “slap in the face to Ukrainians.”
In may the Minister of Brandenburg for European Affairs Catherine Lange demanded the lifting of sanctions against Russia.
According to the Minister, the restrictions imposed after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, hurting Germany and will not change Moscow’s position on the Peninsula, so none of it makes sense.
The publication notes that this opinion is shared not only Lange. In early March, former Prime Minister of Brandenburg, the head of the German-Russian forum Matthias Platzeck also spoke in favor of rapprochement with Russia.
In an interview with Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten on may 23, Miller called such appeals fueling the fire.
According to him, the idea of lifting the sanctions a “slap in the face to Ukrainians”, as well as the Crimeans.
“We, Ukrainians, would like stricter restrictions against Moscow. But politically it is our desire was impossible…. sanctions applicable in the medium and long term. So we Europeans need to think strategically and to be patient,” – said the diplomat.
Miller also expressed confidence that Ukraine will return the Crimea, but Europe dangerous to get closer to Russia.
We will remind, on may 3, the Ukrainian Ambassador has decided to compete with former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who said that Crimea will never give up Ukraine and sanctions against Russia should be canceled.
Miller reacted sharply and said that “cries” and “attempts to have his record” about the lifting of sanctions will not help to “crush” Western support to Ukraine.