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EU seeks to sanction ex-Chancellor and ex-FM – media – RT World News

MEPs call on EU politicians linked to Russian companies, such as former German Chancellor Schroeder, to resign or face sanctions

European politicians who still have ties to Russian companies, such as former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and ex-Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl, should be added to the EU sanctions list, calls for broad coalition in the European Parliament, reported the German daily Die Welt. Wednesday, citing a draft resolution he obtained. According to the document, any former senior European official who refuses to sever ties with Russian companies or continues to receive funding from Russia should be blacklisted.

The coalition of MEPs, which includes 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 the Greens, has called on the Council of the EU to “to expand” EU Personal Sanctions List “to include European board members of major Russian companies and politicians, who continue to receive Russian funding.” Until now, the blacklist only included Russian officials and “oligarchs” the EU considers close to the Kremlin.

EU seeks to sanction ex-Chancellor and ex-FM – media – RT World News

The draft resolution, which is due to be debated in the European Parliament on Thursday, is “a real signal from Europe. Former chancellors must continue to consider the welfare of their state after their term of office,” Stefan Berger, a German EPP MEP, told Die Welt.
The four alliances have agreed on the following project “long debates” according to Die Welt. Together they make up 70% of all MEPs, meaning the draft resolution is expected to pass on Thursday.

Initially, only Schroeder’s name appeared in the draft, Die Welt reported. The former German chancellor heads the supervisory board of Russian oil giant Rosneft. He refused to step down from the post after Russia began its military operation in Ukraine, an event that prompted some former European officials to quit their jobs with Russian companies.

The S&D group, which includes Schroeder’s German Social Democratic Party, did not oppose the move, but instead pointed the finger at other European politicians who also kept their positions in Russia even after the start of the crisis. military action in Ukraine.

EU seeks to sanction ex-Chancellor and ex-FM – media – RT World News

Kneissl’s name was the only other revealed by Die Welt besides Schroeder’s. The Austrian politician, who is not affiliated with any party, is a member of the supervisory board of Rosneft headed by the former German chancellor. It is not clear if there are other European politicians on the list.

If the European Parliament passes the resolution, it will then have to be approved by representatives of the 27 EU member states in the EU Council, which could happen on Friday, according to Die Welt. Neither Schroeder nor Kneissl has commented on the development so far.

Schroeder has come under pressure from German politicians and officials to sever ties with Moscow over the Russian military operation in Ukraine. His party colleagues have called for his expulsion from the ranks of Germany’s Social Democrats and even his favorite football team Borussia Dortmund have demanded that he condemn Putin.

EU seeks to sanction ex-Chancellor and ex-FM – media – RT World News

The former chancellor has so far resisted the pressure, saying that “cannot isolate a country like Russia in the long term, neither politically nor economically” and Germany would need Russian energy to “keep the economy going.”

Kneissl also called Russia a vital part of the global economy in early May. She denied that the conflict between Moscow and Kyiv was responsible for the energy crisis and soaring prices in Europe and elsewhere. “The whole composition of the crisis was there long before,” she said then.

Russia attacked its neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics of Donetsk and Lugansk Donbass. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

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