| 19 April 2024, Friday |

German ex-Chancellor Schroeder meets Putin in Moscow -Politico

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow for talks on ending the Ukraine conflict, according to political news website Politico, citing sources familiar with the situation.

According to Politico, the visit follows talks in Istanbul with a Ukrainian politician who is a member of the country’s delegation for peace talks with Russia.

Schroeder, Germany’s chancellor from 1998 to 2005, has been scrutinized for his ties to Russian companies.

He is on the board of Russian oil giant Rosneft and is chairman of the shareholders’ committee of the company that is in charge of building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and which is being sanctioned by the United States.

He has faced calls from some German government politicians to step down from such roles as the other former leaders announced they were leaving positions on the boards of Russian companies over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • Reuters