The former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Gerhard Schröder does not intend to refuse from the joining of the supervisory board of the Rosneft Company despite the intense criticism towards him. He claimed this at the pre-election event of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SDPG) in the Lower Saxony state a DW.com reported.
Schröder explained his striving to take up the upper post in Rosneft by his desire to make Germany and Europe energy-independent. He left the matter open whether he will take up a post of the chairman of the supervisory board of Rosneft or not.
Also, the politician called the attempts to isolate Russia to be irrational.
‘The demonization of Russia will not be helpful for anyone’, he noted.
Schröder rejected the opinion that Rosneft is the Russian government hand, reminding that the British Petroleum, Katmar and Glencore are also the stockholders of the biggest petroleum company in the world. He also noted that the representatives of Russia are not prevalent in the supervisory board of Rosneft.
Moreover, Schröder said that it is impossible to use him when he was asked whether the Russian President Vladimir Putin uses him or not. Also, he added that he does not have an impression that Putin broods over plans towards him.
The EU imposed sanctions against Rosneft due to the annexation of Crimea in 2014. The candidate from SDPG for the post of the Chancellor Martin Schulz distanced himself from the Schröder ‘s plans to join the management of this company. The leading politicians of Germany and mass media criticized the former Chancellor.
The next meeting of the company’s stockholders when they intend to choose the new members of the supervisory board will take place on September 29, 2017.