German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky give a press conference on his first official visit to Germany on June 18, 2019 at the Chancellery in Berlin.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky boasted of a “very good relationship” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Oct. 10, but refused to walk back the critical remarks he had made in a recently declassified call with US President Donald Trump.

During the July call, Zelensky told Trump that Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were not enforcing sanctions against Russia. The Ukraine leader also agreed “1,000 percent” with Trump’s assertion that Germany “does almost nothing for you” and that many other European countries behave in the same way.

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