After the poison attack on Kremlin critic Navalny, ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is still under fire for his work for Russian energy companies. CDU politician Norbert Röttgen is also sharply critical.
The chairman of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Norbert Röttgen (CDU), made serious allegations against former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) in the case of the poisoned Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny. Röttgen, who is also a candidate for the CDU presidency, told the newspaper “Bild” that Schröder, who is “employed in the Russian oil and gas sector, is” involved in the Navalny case “in covering up and blurring the news. responsibility. that is in Russia “. Navalny was “the victim of an assassination attempt in Russia and poisoned in Russia with a Russian weapon”. Schröder’s behavior fills ‘many Germans with shame’.
In an interview with the newspaper, Röttgen also called for more targeted sanctions against those around Russian President Vladimir Putin. The measures should affect those “directly responsible for crimes,” said Röttgen. The Putin system is based on ‘the connection of the security and oppression apparatus with an oligarchic billionaire system’: ‘That the billionaires oppress their people during the week and go shopping in London, Munich or wherever on the weekend and spend their money and money laundering is not acceptable. In Europe, there are still far too many options for laundering dirty money. We are dealing with both the money and the people, ”Röttgen continued.
FDP Politicians: Check Former Chancellor State Privileges
Meanwhile, the FDP is questioning Schröder’s state privileges as a former chancellor. One of the reasons for the ex-chancellor’s retirement plan is “not to suffer economic setbacks and to not depend on others,” FDP budget politician Otto Fricke told Funke media group newspapers. “But if you represent other interests in such a position, you have to check whether the reasons for the supply have ceased to exist.”
Former chancellors are provided with an office with staff and equipment, a company car with driver, personal security and other support for life. According to the Chancellery, Schröder was entitled to about $ 561,000 from the state treasury in 2017 to pay the employees in his Berlin office.
The SPD politician is chairman of the board of the project company for the controversial Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2, in which Russian energy company Gazprom is formally the sole shareholder. In addition, Schröder was chairman of the supervisory board of the largest Russian oil company Rosneft for three years.
Navalny sharply criticized Schröder
Navalny recently criticized Schröder as Schröder’s “errand boy”. Schröder had previously dismissed as speculation accusations against Russia that it was responsible for Navalny’s poisoning with the chemical warfare agent Novichok. Gerhard Schröder rejected Alexej Navalny’s criticism and threatened legal action.
Greens spokesman in the Bundestag, foreign policy spokesman Omid Nouripour, told the Funke Medien that the former chancellor’s privileges were granted out of respect for office. “How Schröder can reconcile this with his deep Kremlin interweaving and still look in the mirror is his business.”
According to Nouripour, it is much more dramatic how great Schroder’s “Kremlin-controlled influence” is on the SPD’s pipeline policy. SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans had rejected calls for an end to Nord Stream 2 after the Navalny attack.