Klimkin urges EU to impose sanctions against former Chancellor Schröder

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin, in an interview with Bild, called on the European Union to impose sanctions against former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

"It is important that there are sanctions against those who promote Putin's projects abroad: Gerhard Schröder is the most important lobbyist for Putin around the world, so we need to study how the EU can act in this situation," Klimkin said.

Earlier, Schroeder said that he would not reconsider his attitude towards Vladimir Putin, in spite of the criticism related to it.

"Why should I (reconsider attitude to Putin)? It's based on personal friendship, it's the least connected with politics. Most likely it's people's attitude towards each other. I'm not going to change it. I have to deal with the criticism I'm experiencing in Germany. This is not a problem for me," the German politician said in the film "Putin" created by Russian jounalist Andrey Kondrashev.

Gerhard Schröder served as Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1998 to 2005. In September of last year, he was elected to the board of directors of Rosneft, the third largest player in the German oil refining market. The total capacity of the company is 12.5 million tons per year.

The ex-chancellor has repeatedly stated his friendship in Putin and a negative attitude towards anti-Russian sanctions.

"And you know that if I were in the board of directors of an American firm, not a Russian company, everyone would say that's brilliant. Well, that criticism has some hypocrisy," he told Rheinische Post.

Experts have already called the statement of the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry populist, focused on the internal audience.

"Klimkin perfectly understands: his words are "the voice of one crying in the desert," no one seriously takes it," believes political analyst Vladislav Gulevich.

DONi News Agency