Schroeder confirmed that he met with Putin again | News from Germany about Germany | DW

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (Gerhard Schröder), widely criticized in Germany for his proximity to the Kremlin and activities in Russian state concerns, confirmed that in late July again met with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. In an interview with the weekly Stern and RTL/n-tv channelspublished on Wednesday, August 3, he said that Putin would like to find a solution to the conflict with Ukraine and the West through negotiations.

Ex-chancellor again refused to break off relations with Putin

Schroeder considers the first success in this process to be the conclusion of an agreement between the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN on the export of Ukrainian food by sea. “Perhaps this could be slowly expanded to a ceasefire,” he pointed out. An agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain was signed in Istanbul on July 22; less than a day later, the port of Odessa came under rocket fire from the Russian side.

At the same time, the former German chancellor spoke about the special responsibility that Germany and France bear and noted that at present their actions are insufficient to end the military conflict in Ukraine. He praised the efforts to resolve the conflict, which are being made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In addition to the July agreement on grain, the ex-chancellor mentioned in this connection the March talks in Turkey between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations.

Schroeder, whom the media considers a longtime friend of Putin, again called the Russian invasion of Ukraine a “mistake of the Russian government”, but at the same time once again refused to cut off his personal relationship with the Russian President. He had already “condemned the war several times” and at the same time wondered whether “his personal distancing from Vladimir Putin would benefit anyone,” the ex-chancellor further stated and said that he had already made a decision on this matter and did not refuse it .

Strong criticism of Schröder in Germany

In early March, a few days after the start of a full-scale war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, Schroeder came to Moscow and spoke with Putin about the war. After that, he said that the Kremlin was interested in a negotiated solution. With the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, criticism of Gerhard Schroeder sharply intensified in Germany. Several of his employees resigned in protest against his stance on Russia, and in May the ruling coalition deprived the former chancellor of the office in the Bundestagwhich relied on him for life and was financed from the state budget.

Currently, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) is fighting against Schroeder. withdrawal procedure, relevant applications were received from 17 district and city party associations. In the party, even his former closest associates, including the current one, distanced themselves from him. Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Frank-Walter Steinmeier).

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