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Former Chancellor’s Mysterious Trip to Moscow: Ukrainian Ambassador Declares Schröder’s Mediation “Finally Done” – Politics

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Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany has stated that former chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s efforts to mediate in the Ukraine war have failed. “The matter is finally resolved for us,” Ambassador Andriy Melnyk told the German Press Agency. “Further talks with Schröder are pointless for Ukraine. It’s sad to see everything go wrong.”

Schröder traveled last Wednesday from Istanbul to Moscow, where, according to dpa information, he spoke on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Schröder has been a longtime friend of Putin, who launched a war of aggression against Ukraine nearly three weeks ago. The former chancellor also works as a lobbyist for the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipeline companies and is chairman of the supervisory board of the Russian oil company Rosneft.

[Aktuelle Entwicklungen im Ukraine-Krieg können Sie hier in unserem Newsblog verfolgen.]

Melnyk emphasized again that the initiative for the mediation campaign came from Schröder. “There was some hope of results, otherwise no one in Ukraine would have agreed to listen to it,” he said. On Sunday afternoon, Schröder personally briefed a Ukrainian intermediary on the progress of the talks in Moscow.

Andriy Melnyk, Ambassador of Ukraine in BerlinPhoto: dpa/Fabian Sommer

“But the results were absolutely useless. Nothing new was reported that we did not already know from our own talks with the Russian side,” Melnyk said. “It is a pity that this opportunity was wasted.” The ambassador spoke of a “tragedy.” He had previously made similar statements in an interview with the daily “Bild”.

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This Thursday, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyj, addressed the members of the Bundestag in a video address. Melnyk asks Chancellor Olaf Scholz to make a government statement afterwards. He should say how Germany wants to continue supporting Ukraine. “Exactly three weeks after the start of the war, it is high time that the German head of government again commented on this and announced very specific aid measures.”

Melnyk stressed that he was worried about more arms deliveries, as well as massive economic support and support for war refugees. Much has happened since the first declaration of war by the foreign minister’s government. “That is why another clear statement would be of great importance not only for us Ukrainians, but also for the Germans.”

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The federal government supports Ukraine both with arms deliveries and financially. Germany has also taken in tens of thousands of refugees from Ukraine. Scholz had already made a government statement in the Bundestag on February 27, the fourth day of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

Zelenskyj will be connected by video in the plenary hall of the Bundestag on Thursday at 9 am before the ordinary session begins. 20 minutes are allotted for this. Then the debate on compulsory vaccination begins. Opposition leader Friedrich Merz has also criticized the agenda. “We find that completely inappropriate,” the leader of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group said on Tuesday. (dpa)

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