Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who is a personal friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has ties to Russian companies, met a group of Ukrainians along with the country’s delegation for peace talks with Russia in Turkey on Monday evening.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for several hours on Thursday evening to end the war in Ukraine, Germany’s Bild am Sonntag (BAMS) reported, although it was unclear what had been achieved. .
The weekly newspaper, citing a person with detailed knowledge of Schroeder’s activities, said Schroeder also had lengthy talks with one of Putin’s closest advisers.
The newspaper, without disclosing further details of the conversation, said that he left Moscow with his wife on Saturday morning and headed for Istanbul.
The former chancellor, who is a personal friend of Putin and has ties to Russian companies, met a group of Ukrainians along with the country’s delegation for peace talks with Russia in Turkey on Monday evening.
The source told Baums that Schroeder was currently the only person who had direct contact with both Putin and Ukraine’s top officials.
News website Politico was the first to report that Schroeder was flying to Moscow for talks with Putin, and German government sources said it had not agreed to nor attended any of the meetings.
The government’s press office referred to remarks made by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday when he declined to comment on the meeting beyond saying that he would look into any results and include them in other efforts he is involved in. Were.
Scholz, who traveled to Turkey on Monday, spoke to Putin in a three-way phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.
Schroeder, Social Democrat (SPD) chancellor from 1998 to 2005, is on the board of Russian oil giant Rosneft and chairman of the company’s shareholders’ committee for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which has been postponed.
He has faced calls from some German government politicians to step down from their roles over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
No one was immediately available in Schroeder’s office.
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