Gerhard Schröder laments “Russia bashing”

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Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) has rejected calls for the controversial Baltic Sea pipeline project Nord Stream 2 to be discontinued and has called for Germany to be closer to Russia. The criticism of the pipeline expressed in the press does not reflect the opinion of the citizens, said Schröder of the “Rheinische Post”.

“The Russia bashing that is being done there is not the majority opinion of our people – at least I am convinced of that,” said Schröder.

In view of the nuclear and coal phase-out, the pipeline should “ensure the energy supply for the next generation,” said Schröder. The USA, on the other hand, are interested in selling their fracking gas in Germany, which is “environmentally harmful, more expensive and not as good in terms of quality” as the pipeline gas, said Schröder. “If we stop the completion, we will cut off the branch we are sitting on in terms of energy policy.”

The former Federal Chancellor has been with Nord Stream AG since 2005, and has also been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the largest Russian oil company Rosneft since 2017. In addition to the USA, numerous European countries are also calling for the predominantly German-Russian pipeline project to be stopped. Last week, the EU Parliament also called for construction to be stopped because of the arrest of Russian opposition activist Alexej Navalny.

When asked whether he, like his successor Angela Merkel (CDU), would advocate the release of Nawalny, Schröder said in the interview that he was not interested in “current discussions, but fundamental decisions about direction.”

Germany must have an interest in Russia developing “its own identity and its own economic strength”. “We don’t have to see Russia as an opponent, but as a potential partner,” said Schröder. (AFP)

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6 comments

  1. Every so often, Schröder slides out of Pew-tin’s arse as a little shit nugget to say a few dumbass words. He just wants everyone to know that he still exists. It doesn’t matter that it is merely as a small brown lump of stinky stuff.

  2. “We don’t have to see Russia as an opponent, but as a potential partner,”

    The last time Russia and Germany went into a partnership, it didn’t end well for Germany. Does this fool want history to repeat itself? Certainly the victims of the last Russia/Germany partnership don’t.

  3. Schröder was always a self important little man. He keeps proving that fact and it may be reaching the level of axiomatic.

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