Kiev’s new envoy to Germany officially takes up post

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Ukraine President Zelenskyy Photo credit: Premium Times

Oleksii Makeiev officially became Ukraine’s new ambassador to Germany on Monday, after he was appointed to the post last month by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Makeiev presented his qualifications to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at his official Berlin residence Bellevue Palace in the early hours of afternoon.

Accompanied by his wife Olena Makeiev, Makeiev was welcome with a brief military ceremony in front of the palace.

He then signed the guest book of the president’s residence and said: “It is a great honour for me to be able to represent my Ukraine in Germany.”

Makeiev, the former Ukrainian government representative for sanctions on Russia, drove to Berlin last week after Andriy Melnyk returned to Ukraine following almost eight years as the ambassador to Germany.

Melnyk became known for taking an unusually tough stance for a diplomat when dealing with the German government.

Like his predecessor, the new Ukrainian ambassador speaks excellent German.

At the time of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Makeiev was appointed as political director at Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, the most important advisor to then foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin.

In 2020, he was named the special envoy for sanctions on Russia. (NAN)

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