It is important to impose sanctions against those who promote the projects of Putin abroad, particularly Gerhard Schröder, the most important lobbyist of Putin in the world. Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine claimed this to Bild as DW reported.
In light of the rising tension between the western countries and Russia, Klimkin urged to impose the sanctions against Gerhard Schröder, the former Chancellor of Germany. According to the minister, it is important to impose sanctions against those who promote the projects of Putin abroad.
‘Gerhard Schröder is the most important lobbyist of Putin in the world. It is necessary to check the way the EU can act in such situation’, the foreign minister emphasized.
Schröder left the post of the chancellor in 2005 and became the chairman of the supervisory board of ‘Nord Stream’ project. Later the politician headed the supervisory board of ‘Nord Stream-2’and Rosneft Company.
Russia’s leading energy enterprise Gazprom and its partners intend to start implementing the Nord Stream-2 project worth almost 10 billion euros in April 2018. The 1,200-kilometers-long pipeline is to be laid through the Baltic Sea, linking Russia and Germany – bypassing Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States. The capacity will be twice larger than that of Nord Stream I. The construction is to be complete by late 2019.
The construction of gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 doesn’t imply terminating the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine, but the transit can be preserved only through competitive tariffs and cancelling the Ukrainian law suits against Gazprom.