'Sulky liver sausage' jibe at Scholz sparks apology from Ukraine's Berlin ambassador

The Ukrainian ambassador, Andriy Melnyk, hurled the insult after the German Chancellor refused to visit Kyiv when the German President wasn’t invited to the Ukrainian capital in a diplomatic snub. Mr Melnyk was recalled to Kyiv in July and is due to leave Germany imminently.

At the time, Mr Melnyk called Mr Scholz a “Leberwurst” or “sulky liver sausage” – a German phrase meaning thin-skinned person.

During an interview with BILD TV, the ambassador said he would apologise for his comments if given the chance.

He said: “If the chancellor would receive me before I leave, then I would apologise to him.”

However, he didn’t know if he would meet with the German leader before his departure.

He said: “My main wish remains and is to strengthen relations with Germany, even if it hasn’t always looked that way.”

However, he defended his initial criticism of the German Government, particularly on the issue of arms deliveries to Ukraine.

He said: “Sometimes, at least, my impression was that it was necessary to raise one’s voice and perhaps also to criticise.

“Without that, I think German society, including the German public, might not have fully grasped the seriousness of the situation.”

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was perceived as particularly close to Russian President Vladimir Putin before the war.

This perceived closeness earned him a snub from Kyiv, while other European leaders and Heads of State flocked to the Ukrainian capital – Mr Steinmeier was not invited.

Following this snub, Olaf Scholz, who is the leader of the German Government, refused to travel to Kyiv.

The row was a low point in Ukrainian-German relations since the start of the war.

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