MEPs have demanded the resignation of European politicians involved in Russian business, such as former German Chancellor Schroeder, or face sanctions.
European politicians still involved in Russian business, such as former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Canisel, should be added to the EU’s sanctions list, a broad coalition in the European Parliament has demanded. Done. According to the document, any former top European official who refuses to sever ties with Russian business or continues to receive funding from Russia should be blacklisted.
The coalition of MEPs, including the Conservative European People’s Party (EPP), the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), as well as the liberal group Renew Europe and Greens, has called on the EU Council. “Expand” EU personal sanctions list “Large Russian companies and politicians to include members of the European Board, who continue to receive Russian funding.” So far, only Russian officials have been on the blacklist “Oligarchs” The EU seems to be close to the Kremlin.
The draft resolution, which is being discussed in the EU Parliament on Thursday, is “A real signal from Europe. Former chancellors must consider the welfare of their state after their time. Stefan Berger, a German MEP from EPP, told Die Welt.
The four alliances have agreed on the next draft “Long debate,” According to Die Welt. Together, they make up 70% of all MEPs, meaning the draft resolution is likely to be passed on Thursday.
Initially, only Schroeder’s name was included in the draft, Die Welt said. The former German chancellor heads the supervisory board of Russian oil giant Rosneft. He refused to step down after Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, an incident that prompted some former European officials to relinquish their positions with Russian companies.
The S&D group, which includes Schroeder’s Social Democratic Party of Germany, did not oppose the move but pointed to other European politicians who maintained their position in Russia after the military intervention in Ukraine.
Apart from Schroeder’s name, only Nielsen’s name is published by Die Welt. The Austrian politician, who is not affiliated with any party, is a member of the Rosneft Supervisory Board headed by the former German Chancellor. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
If the EU Parliament passes the resolution, it will have to be approved by the representatives of the 27 EU member states in the EU Council, which could be on Friday, according to Die Welt. Neither Schroeder nor Canisol has commented on the development so far.
Schroeder has come under pressure from German politicians and officials to sever ties with Moscow during Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. Members of his ally called for him to be expelled from the German Social Democrats, and even demanded that his favorite football team, Borussia Dortmund, condemn Putin.
The former chancellor has so far resisted that pressure, maintaining it “A country like Russia cannot be isolated in the long run, either politically or economically.” And Germany will need Russian power “Keep the economy running.”
Nielsen also called Russia an important part of the world economy in early May. He denies that the conflict between Moscow and Kiev should be blamed for the energy crisis and rising prices in Europe and elsewhere. “The whole make-up of the crisis was here long ago,” He said then.
Russia invaded its neighboring country in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the first Minsk agreement, signed in 2014, and the final recognition of the Donetsk republics of Moscow and Donetsk of Lugansk. The German- and French-brokerage protocols were designed to give special status to isolated territories within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral state that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv has insisted that the Russian invasion was completely unpopular and has denied claims that it is planning to forcibly retake the two republics.