The new Ukrainian ambassador to Germany urged the German authorities not to accept Russians fleeing from mobilization
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Aleksey Makeev gave a frank interview, talking about his departure from Ukraine under the howl of sirens and about relations with the previous ambassador, Andrey Melnik.
The new ambassador of Ukraine spoke about the attitude to the mass exodus of Russians from mobilization in an interview with the weekly BILD. Makeev noted that almost none of the Russians left the country when the war began, adding that he also had not heard anything about large demonstrations in the Russian Federation against the war in Ukraine.
It is noteworthy, but the interview took place at the Memorial Church, the most famous war memorial of the capital of Germany.
“I believe that young people are fleeing who do not regret anything, but only want to avoid military service and, in the end, drive in motorcades through German cities, waving Russian flags “, — said Makeev.
The Russians, who are fleeing en masse from “partial mobilization” in the Russian Federation, according to Makeev, pose a threat to the security of Germany.
“It would be wrong for Germany to accept Russian deserters,” the new ambassador to Ukraine said.
In his opinion, these Russians pose a security threat not only to Germany, but to all young Ukrainian women with children who were forced to leave their country after Russia attacked it.
< p>“They will have to sit across from these men in the refugee camps. This is not right,” the ambassador said.
Alexey Makeev also said in an interview that he had to leave for Germany by car in the middle of the night.
“The electricity was out, the sirens were still howling, and my mobile phone continued to receive air raid warnings. This is what my life looked like when my wife and I got into the car and went to Germany,” according to the ambassador, his phone is still being received air alert notifications in Ukraine. He won't be deleting the app, but he's going to turn it up loud so that his conversation partners understand what it's like to “live in a war zone.”
“My parents, my wife's parents, most of my friends still in Ukraine. The first thing I do in the morning is write to them, asking if everything is all right. Just like you Germans check the weather on your mobile phone every morning, we Ukrainians check if our loved ones are still alive” , — said the ambassador.
When asked about the relationship between the new ambassador and Andrey Melnik, Alexey Makeev noted that “Andrey is an experienced diplomat and a good friend” with a “unique style”.
< p>Makeev said that they communicate regularly, but he has his own style, which he described as “frank, direct and combative”.
“My most important currency is trust. If a diplomat loses trust, he is no longer a diplomat,” Makeev clarified that his main goal is to be heard in Germany and help Ukraine more.
“We cannot survive without Germ on our side. Of course, it should be clear to everyone: Ukraine is part of the European family. We will become members of the EU and NATO,” the ambassador said.