The Ukrainian diplomat considers it necessary to maintain sanctions against Russia, and calls to lift them, in his opinion, are the best proof that the sanctions actually work.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk offered a bet to former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder that the occupied Crimea will return to Ukraine, UKRINFORM reports.
Before that, in an interview with the German publication Tagesspiegel, Schroeder proposed to lift sanctions against Russia, imposed in response to the annexation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine, because of their alleged ineffectiveness.
“As for the shameless thesis of Mr. Schroeder that “no Russian President will ever give Ukraine the Crimea”, I would like to announce to this 76-year-old ex-politician and top lobbyist of the Kremlin a kind of bet: even during his lifetime, Crimea will certainly return to the bosom of mother Ukraine. This is as obvious as the fact that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West,” the Ambassador said.
Melnyk noted that calls to lift restrictions are the best proof that the sanctions actually work.
“The louder Mr. Schroeder shouts at every corner that the sanctions imposed against Russia are allegedly “meaningless”, the more obvious it becomes for the German public that the undeniable fact that the EU and US sanctions are working perfectly, ” Melnik said.
As you know, Schroeder is the head of the Board of Directors of the state-owned Russian company Rosneft and the Chairman of the Board of shareholders of Nord Stream AG, which manages the construction of the Nord stream-2 gas pipeline.
We will remind, earlier it was reported that Melnik refused the invitation of the Mayor of Berlin to celebrate the end of the Second world war in Europe in the company of the ambassadors of the Russian Federation and Belarus.