German Chancellor Olaf Scholz rejected the European Parliament's call for sanctions against former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. The day before, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for sanctions for refusing to resign from senior positions in Russian energy companies.
This was reported by Politico.
According to Scholz, the Bundestag's decision to strip Schroeder of his office, which worked on taxpayer funds, was consistent and correct. But there will be no further sanctions.
"I don't think anything else is necessary at this point ... But it would be better if Gerhard Schroeder resigned from his office," Scholz added.
Note that Schroeder is a member of the board of directors of the Russian state oil company Rosneft, and in February he was also nominated to the board of directors of Gazprom.
After the start of the large-scale invasion of Ukraine, the employees of his office in Berlin resigned in protest against his refusal to step down from high positions. It is assumed that Schroeder will keep his monthly allowance of 8,300 euros.
Recall that the day before the Bundestag deprived Schroeder of special rights, and also decided to close the office of the former chancellor.
It also became known that despite the German government's decision to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine, the impression is that Chancellor Olaf Scholz does not want to do so. From the outside, it looks like a stalling of time.
This was stated by the Ambassador to Germany Andrei Melnik in an interview for RND.
According to him, at the meeting of the defense ministers of NATO countries at the Ramstein base it was decided to give Ukraine 50 antiaircraft self-propelled guns of the Gepard type. But so far they have not been provided because of the lack of ammunition.
"We have the impression that the Chancellor does not want to do this. Only seven self-propelled howitzers have been handed over, but no Cheetahs, Leopards or Marders. All of them have already been taken out of service and can be transferred to us by the military industry without prejudice to the defensive capacity of Germany," Melnik noted.
He also noted that the transfer of T-72 tanks from Slovenia is also blocked because Berlin does not provide an adequate replacement. And stressed that this looks like a stalling of time.
"One gets the impression of waiting for a cease-fire. Then the pressure from Germany will disappear and bold decisions will no longer be necessary. This is treacherous logic that lets people down," the ambassador added.
As a reminder, earlier the German opposition accused the Scholz government of deliberately delaying arms deliveries to Ukraine.
And Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said that Berlin would hand over heavy artillery as soon as the Ukrainian military completes appropriate training.