TASS, August 17. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, a candidate nominated for the Board of Directors of Rosneft, rejected criticism of the opponents and does not intend to abandon his new position. He stated this in an interview with Swiss newspaper Blick.
A social Democrat, head of the Cabinet of Germany from 1998 to 2005, was criticized in his homeland after 11 August, the Russian government has put forward its candidate to the Board of Directors of “Rosneft”.
According to Schroeder, he knew that his nomination will speak in Germany, but believes the ongoing harassment related to the upcoming elections to the Bundestag. “This is a political campaign in support of Angela Merkel [leader of the Christian democratic Union, the main opponent of the social Democrats], he said. – She want to help, slandered me.”
On the eve of the former Chancellor distanced himself and the leader of the Social democratic party, Martin Schulz, who in may stood with him on stage during the party Congress. “It’s a private matter and not related to SPD, but I wouldn’t do,” said Schultz on his page in Facebook.
The shredder is convinced that his nomination to the Board of Directors of “Rosneft” will not affect the party and believes he can in this position to contribute to the strengthening of ties between Russia and Europe. “I am of the opinion that the integration of Russia into the world economy and integration in the energy sector is very important,” – said the former Chancellor.