Evropeiska Pravda: Ukraine refused entry to the head of the Belgian Foreign Ministry due to a trip to Crimea The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through diplomatic channels, finds out the details of her trip media=”(max-width: 320px)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/400xH/media/img/7/45/756591565100457.jpg 400w" media="(max-width: 400px)" >
Crimea, writes the newspaper “European Truth”.
Lyabib— Belgian television journalist, recently headed the Foreign Ministry, & mdash; came to the peninsula through Russia in July 2021. Then she also attended a cultural festival called “Global Values”; in Sevastopol, the newspaper reports.
Having become a minister, the Belgian has already requested a visit to the Ukrainian side several times, but so far she has been refused, the newspaper writes.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, through diplomatic channels, is clarifying the details of Lyabib's trip to Crimea, when she was still a journalist, Oleg Nikolenko, spokesman for the department, said earlier.
The press service of the Belgian Foreign Ministry declined to comment, although they acknowledged that Lyabib went there.
In April, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier did not visit Ukraine. According to sources of the Bild newspaper, Kyiv refused to let him in because of “close ties”; with Russia and support for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The President of Germany was to visit Kyiv together with the heads of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to demonstrate “pan-European solidarity”; with Ukrainians.
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after the incident refused to go to Kyiv until Steinmeier was there. Later, the press service of the German president said that the parties had overcome “annoying factors”; in relationship. Scholz eventually visited Ukraine together with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk, because of Scholz's refusal to come to Kyiv, called him “an offended liverwurst”, later he, however, admitted that these words were inappropriate. In early July, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired Melnyk, explaining his decision by rotation.