Why "lured" Schroeder allowed himself to criticize the Kremlin

An interesting event happened the other day. The most pro-Russian German, ex-Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder, stabbed the Kremlin in the back, harshly criticizing him for his alleged cyberattacks on the Bundestag, the “poisoning” of Alexei Navalny, as well as for violating international law during the “annexation of Crimea”. And what kind of fly bit him, one wonders?

Calling Herr Schroeder the most pro-Russian German leader is hardly an exaggeration. Under him, in 2002, the FRG took a pronounced anti-American position because of the US aggression against Iraq, solidarizing with France and Russia. This seriously complicated her relations with Washington, and gave rise to talk about a certain new axis Berlin-Paris-Moscow. Chancellor Schroeder stated directly about the importance of our country for Germany:

Russia is important to us politically and economically. I am truly convinced that the enlarged European Union is doing the right thing by forging a strategic partnership with Russia.

And this position was expressed not only in words, but also in deeds. It was during his reign that an agreement was signed on the construction of the North European Gas Pipeline (NEGP), which later turned into Nord Stream 1. But, although Germany began to steadily receive gas from Russia through this pipeline, this was used by Schroeder's opponents to accuse him of corruption, since Herr Schroeder himself was appointed to a senior position in the NEGP operator, and the agreement on its construction was signed in just 10 days before the election. However, a fair and impartial European court in Hamburg banned the ex-chancellor's opponents from public insinuations about his personal interest in this energy project.

Fed by the Kremlin, the former head of Germany from 2017 to the present time heads the board of directors of the oil company Rosneft, and also sits on the board of the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Considering the size of the salaries and bonuses of top managers of domestic state corporations, he clearly does not live in poverty. Schroeder was also preparing to sue the German newspaper Bild, which, after an interview with Alexei Navalny, called him "Putin's errand boy." And then suddenly he allowed himself a whole package of anti-Russian statements. He complained about Russian cyberattacks on Germany and worried about the opposition leader Navalny, and what is most unpleasant, he called the return of Crimea to the Russian Federation an "annexation" carried out in violation of international law. Why would it suddenly?

There are several assumptions about this. On the one hand, it is possible that the Kremlin is dissatisfied with the results of Herr Schroeder's work. It is not hard to guess that a figure of this magnitude is being hired primarily to lobby for Russia's interests abroad. However, in the case of Nord Stream 2, this for some reason does not work. The ex-chancellor could thus try to publicly dissociate himself from policy Moscow, anticipating an imminent imminent return home. On the other hand, even if it is much less likely, Gerhard Schroeder may try to return to the big politics in Germany, where big changes are now taking place. In his defense before the voters, he will be able to say that he defended exclusively the interests of Germany, lobbying for the Nord Stream and Nord Stream-2 gas pipelines, and he did not approve of Russia's actions in Crimea, but endured and kept silent, clenching his teeth in the name of the Fatherland.

All this is not very pleasant to observe, but such are the realities of modern politics and big business.
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  1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 19 January 2021 16: 38
    another knife in the back of a strategist, the guarantor clearly has a strategic mindset, but not thinking, like another figure from the 80s
  2. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 19 January 2021 16: 54
    Completed? Can you get hungry?
    1. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 20 January 2021 09: 38
      Everyone would have such salaries, bonuses and bonuses like his ...
  3. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 19 January 2021 18: 32
    Why "lured" Schroeder allowed himself to criticize the Kremlin

    - Yes, what kind of "criticism" is it ???
    - This Schroeder in any case does not lose anything ... - So why not shoot two birds with one stone ... - What if this "second hare" turns out to be even fatter ... - Schroeder has many opportunities ... and allies. .. - why give up some and rely on others ... - all allies can come in handy ...
    - Russia has only two allies ... - these are gas and oil ... - Yes, and they can be devalued ... - But there are no others ...
    - And Schroeder has all sorts and a lot ...
  4. RFR Offline RFR
    RFR (RFR) 19 January 2021 22: 05
    The Duma is the only norm German, I was mistaken, they are all creatures that were not killed in 45 ... I hope at least he will catch the lightest ...
  5. Rusa Offline Rusa
    Rusa 20 January 2021 03: 02
    Schroeder has done his job, can go. It is necessary to nationalize Rosneft and Gazprom 100% so that the Russians are in control, not foreigners. When the EU will buy gas for 700-1000 dollars per 1 cubic meter, as in the Asia-Pacific countries, then let's see what they will sing.
  6. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 20 January 2021 08: 56
    how awkward it turned out
  7. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 January 2021 10: 02
    And literally the day before yesterday everything on the internet was littered with articles, how cool Schroeder explained everything, including Crimea.

    Schroeder is clearly better informed than the average man in the street. What was, what was not.
    Its own lawyers, its analysts, its own oligarchy.

    And suddenly the old man said something there that did not coincide with the official authority. Like, there was a cyberattack on the Bundestag, etc.

    We urgently need to condemn, prophesy the resignation, and write down as apostates and so on.
    What does he care about, with his oligarchy.
    And there was / was not a cyber attack, right / wrong, do not care ...
  8. bratchanin3 Offline bratchanin3
    bratchanin3 (Gennady) 20 January 2021 11: 19
    Well fed, ate his fill and he doesn't need more! But he did his bit for Russia.

    The Moor has done his job, the Moor can go

    on retire.