Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andrey Melnik will leave office, return to Kyiv, and, probably, become Deputy Foreign Minister, the Bild reported Monday citing its sources, APA reports.
Melnik is expected to leave Berlin this autumn.
"The [Foreign] Ministry made this proposal to Ukrainian President [Vladimir Zelensky]. Kyiv holds Andrey Melnik in high regard for his work," a Ukrainian government representative said, according to the newspaper.
This decision was motivated by Melnik’s recent remarks regarding Stepan Bandera. At the same time, Kyiv underscored that Melnik’s return to Kyiv will not be perceived as retirement. The diplomat served as the envoy to Germany for eight years and even survived a change of presidency in Kyiv, a rather uncommon development. Usually, envoys remain in office for four or a maximum of six years.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry refrained from commenting on staff reshuffles. Melnik himself also refrained from commenting.