Parliament calls for sanctions against Gerhard Schroeder over Russia relations
The European Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution calling for sanctions against former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder over his relations with Russia.
The sanctions imposed by the bloc should be applied to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine “European members of the board of major Russian companies and politicians who continue to receive Russian money,” he said. The legislature argued. Schroeder, who led the German government from 1998 to 2005, is one of the main targets of possible sanctions, as he has held several positions in Russian or Russian-related business since leaving office. Currently, former Chancellor Rosneft has a position on the board of directors.
Schroeder has previously been repeatedly criticized for its relations with Russia, with the former chancellor facing renewed attacks in the wake of Russian military operations in Ukraine. Although Schroeder was quick to criticize aggressively in general, he also mentioned it “Both sides made a mistake.” Clearly, the EU and NATO’s own actions are also suggesting contributing to the conflict.
In Germany, the former chancellor has lost some of his post office benefits while retaining his pension. On Thursday, the German parliament announced its decision to remove him from his taxpayer-funded office and staff. Earlier, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner had blasted Schroeder over his relations with Russia, telling Welt TV that it was unimaginable that he “Working openly to lobby for Vladimir Putin’s criminal regime is still an office given by taxpayers.”
The former chancellor has so far resisted that pressure, maintaining it “A country like Russia cannot be isolated in the long run, either politically or economically.” And Germany will need Russian power “Keep the economy running.”
“When this war will end” He added, “We have to go back to deal with Russia. We always do. “
Russia attacked the neighboring state in 2014 after Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement and the final recognition of Moscow’s Donetsk and Lugansk’s Donbas republics. The German- and French-brokerage protocols were designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpopular and has denied claims that it is planning to forcibly retake the two republics.
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