Saskia Esken, co-chair of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), called to the revision of policy towards Russia. “Conflict resolution through dialogue has been extremely successful for many decades, as has transformation through trade. However, we see that Putin is no longer acting rationally,” the SPD leader said in an interview with Funke Mediengruppe, published on Wednesday, May 11. The SPD also includes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Olaf Scholz) and his predecessor in this post Gerhard Schroeder (Gerhard Schroder).
According to Esken, the Russian president “tramples international law, treaties, and trust-based cooperation.” “For us, this means that we will be even more united in Europe and with our international partners in order to be able to protect our values and freedom,” she said. The SPD co-chair stressed that in the future Germany “should no longer be one-sidedly dependent on Russian energy imports.”
Earlier, Esken called on the ex-Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder voluntarily leave the ranks of the Social Democrats. “We have to stop seeing him as a former chancellor,” Esken said. According to her, the party leadership had already asked Schroeder to resign from his position in the Russian concern Rosneft, but this did not bring any result.