Putin’s friend hands over Russia’s “Wishlist” regarding Ukraine to the West – UNIAN

According to Putin’s friend, an alternative to NATO membership for Ukraine supposedly “may be military neutrality, as in Austria.”

Schroeder stated that

In the sixth month of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the seventh chancellor of Germany, the former head of the board of directors of Rosneft Gerhard Schroederwho is on friendly terms with the president of the aggressor country Vladimir Putin, voiced the wishes of the Russian Federation regarding Ukraine to the West.

This is reported Stern.

Schroeder said that “the Kremlin wants to find a solution through negotiations” and this is “good news.”

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“The first success is the grain deal, which could possibly be gradually expanded to a ceasefire,” he said.

Schroeder noted that solutions for the Russian-occupied Crimea could allegedly be found over time – “maybe not in 99 years, as with Hong Kong, but in the next generation.”

In addition, according to Putin’s friend, an alternative to NATO membership for Ukraine supposedly “may be military neutrality, as in Austria.”

Schroeder also noted that for Donbas “it is necessary to find a solution based on the Swiss cantonal model.”

The war in Ukraine and Schroeder’s friendship with Putin:

Schroeder, who led the German government from 1998 to 2005, has been criticized for years for his work in Russian state-owned companies and his friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Against the backdrop of a full-scale war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine, the pressure on him increased. At the end of May, Schroeder was deprived in Germany of some of the privileges he enjoyed as a former chancellor. In particular, they closed his office, whose staff costs in 2021 alone amounted to more than 400 thousand euros from the state treasury. However, the 78-year-old politician is still entitled to personal protection and a pension.

After that, Schroeder decided to give up his position at Rosneft, and later announced that he would not accept an offer to join the board of directors of the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom.

However, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Schroeder wants to keep in touch with Putin despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The ex-chancellor said that he does not believe in ending the war with the help of weapons and is perplexed about the supply of weapons to Ukraine.

The SPD is now considering expelling Schröder from the party. A decision on this issue is expected within the next three weeks.

On July 10, ex-Chancellor of Germany Schroeder announced that he considers it necessary to refuse from communication with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

July 26, 2022 Schroeder went to Moscow to meet with Putin.

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