Presidential press secretary Peskov: Putin and Schroeder discussed the energy crisis in Europe Gerhard Schroeder did not express a desire to become a mediator in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, Peskov said. The ex-Chancellor of Germany earlier said that the conflict in Ukraine can only be resolved through negotiations, and called for the launch of Nord Stream 2 4/05/756595256011054.webp 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/4/05/756595256011054.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder expressed concern to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the emerging energy crisis in Europe. This was announced to journalists by the presidential representative Dmitry Peskov, TASS reports.
“The former chancellor, like all thinking and understanding people and specialists in Europe, <…> is also concerned about the very bleak prospects in this area. Of course, he asked Putin to explain the situation and explain the vision of the Russian side, — Peskov said.
According to him, the ex-chancellor asked Putin whether it was possible “in a crisis situation, hypothetically speaking,” to use the gas pipeline, emphasizing that the initiator of this topic was not the president. Putin, in response, assured Schroeder that the technical capabilities of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline allow “instantly” use it to supply gas to Europe.
“Even if we imagine that we have turned on Nord Stream 2 now, we will be able to pump 27.5 billion cubic meters, no more, by the end of the year, in a year. Half went to our internal consumption, — said the presidential press secretary.
Peskov stressed that the Kremlin has a record of the conversation between Putin and Schroeder, if “someone decides to play” with its content.
Schroeder arrived in Moscow at the end of July for a few days, the politician said in an interview with an n-tv correspondent. The journalist met the politician near the headquarters of the Rosneft company. and drew the attention of the ex-chancellor to this, to which he replied: “Is it really so? Oh yes, that's right, you're right.
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At the same time, Schroeder's wife said that he was not on vacation, but was negotiating energy issues. The ex-chancellor intends to meet with Putin to discuss the situation in Ukraine as part of a mediation effort to end hostilities, unnamed sources told Politico.
The Kremlin assured on July 27 that Schroeder did not meet with Putin, official Berlin called the trip Schroeder by his personal initiative.
Returning to Germany, the ex-chancellor gave an interview to Stern and n-tv, saying that the launch of Nord Stream 2 became the “easiest solution” the situation. He pointed out that “when things get really tight” there are both gas pipelines of the Nord Stream project. When the energy crisis in Germany deepens, the inhabitants of the republic will ask why the country refuses gas from Nord Stream 2, he continued. “When supply decreases, prices rise,” — emphasized Schroeder.
He also expressed confidence that in resolving the conflict in Ukraine “it will not work without negotiations”, an agreement on the export of grain from Ukrainian ports, concluded at the end of July, could lead to a ceasefire.
In early August, the European Commission urged to prepare for the worst situation with gas supplies. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, noted that all those responsible for the energy crisis “are in Moscow and nowhere else,” and therefore EU members must remain united. She noted that a number of European countries are more dependent on Russian gas than others, either “because of their geographical location” or “because of their sovereign energy decisions.”
The German authorities ruled out the launch of the “Northern flow-2» under the sanctions imposed against Russia. German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck called this scenario “surrender.”
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