Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder urged strengthening ties with Russia against the backdrop of the current Corona crisis.
In an interview with the German newspaper “Tagess Spiegel” issued today Sunday on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the politician affiliated with the Social Democratic Party said: “We need more cooperation now, as we have had difficult times economically because of the Coronavirus crisis”.
In his response to the saying that these sanctions come within the framework of Europe’s response to Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea in contravention of international law, Schroeder said that “whoever believes that he can compel Russia to something through sanctions is mistaken, and no Russian president will return Crimea to Ukraine at any time”.
Schroeder has long sought to abolish sanctions on Russia.
After leaving the chancellor, he took over as head of the “Nord Stream” pipeline project of the Russian state oil company Gazprom, and Schroeder also has personal ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Schroeder added that the memory of the end of the Second World War, which falls on the eighth of this month, gives a lesson in the shadow of the Coronavirus pandemic that today what is important on the world level is “understanding, cooperation and solidarity rather than confrontation”.
Schroeder saw that history cannot be hidden in the case of Russia, and talked about Nazi Germany’s attempt to invade the former Soviet Union and said: “It was a brutal genocide campaign aimed at hiding Russia from the stage of world politics, and we should never forget this, and German policy on Russia should take This is more powerful in mind than it is today”.
He added that Russia’s readiness, despite this alarming past, to cooperate in a manner that is confident with the new Germany, cannot be adequately appreciated, “and it is not appropriate for this matter to support sanctions against Russia”.