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    In Europe, they took up the German friend of Putin

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    Former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder (headed from 1998 to 2005) is due to step down from his honorary post in the German parliament. This decision was made by the parliamentary budget committee, given the fact that Schroeder continued his business relations with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.

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    This is reported by CNN with reference to the corresponding message on the website of the Bundestag.

    What is known

    The committee said in a statement: “Germany’s ruling coalition, led by the Social Democratic Party (SPD), of which Schröder is still a member, and the party he once led, has decided to curtail Schröder’s special rights as former Chancellor following his ongoing business ties. with Russia.”

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    It was decided to keep the state pension and bodyguards for the former chancellor. However, ahead of him may expect sanctions from the EU.

    Sanctions

    On Thursday, the European Parliament called for Schroeder to be placed on the sanctions list due to his ongoing business and political ties with Russia. The European Parliament resolution says that EU sanctions after the invasion of Ukraine should be extended “to European members of the boards of directors of large Russian companies and to politicians who continue to receive Russian money.”

    As you know, Schroeder is the head of the shareholders’ committee of Nord Stream AG (manages the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines), a member of the board of Gazprom.

    The resolution named former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel and former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon as positive examples. They resigned from their positions in Russian companies. In a negative example, along with Schroeder – the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria Karin Kneissl.

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    Situation

    • In 2020, Schroeder was the main lobbyist in Germany to lift the sanctions imposed against Russia.
    • For supporting Russia after the annexation of Crimea, the Peacemaker center included him in the so-called base of enemies of Ukraine, which then greatly outraged the German Foreign Ministry.
    • Germany plans to stop importing Russian oil with any EU decision, even if the Union fails to agree on a community-wide embargo.

    Source: Segodnya

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