Gerhard Schröder

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Gerhard Schröder was the seventh chancellor of Germany and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). In his tenure he supported the Afghanistan War and the War in Kosovo, but was opposed to the Operation Iraqi Freedom. Schröder improved Germany's relationship with Turkey and Russia. After his political carrier he started to work with Gazprom.[1]

In November 2018 Schröder was added to the Ukrainian Nazi kill list after he said the Crimean annexation is "a reality that must one day be recognized". Schroeder was accused of "anti-Ukrainian propaganda" and attempting to justify "Russian aggression against Ukraine."[2] A spokeswoman of the German Federal Foreign Office protested against the provocation and asked the Maidan regime to delete the website.[3] No action was taken.

How the United States sabotaged Russia-Ukraine peace negotiations

In October 2023, former chancellor Schroder explained to the Berliner Zeitung how the United States sabotaged Russia-Ukrainian peace negotiations at the outset of the NATO war in Ukraine:[4]

"At the peace negotiations in Istanbul in March 2022 with Rustem Umerov, the Ukrainians did not agree on peace because they were not allowed to. For everything they discussed, they first had to ask the Americans. I had two talks with Umerov, then a one-on-one meeting with Putin, and then with Putin's envoy. Umerov opened the conversation with greetings from Zelensky. As a compromise for Ukraine's security guarantees, the Austrian model or the 5+1 model was proposed. Umerow thought that was a good thing. He also showed willingness on the other points. He also said that Ukraine does not want NATO membership. He also said that Ukraine wants to reintroduce Russian in the Donbass. But in the end, nothing happened. My impression was that nothing could happen, because everything else was decided in Washington. That was fatal. Because the result will now be that Russia will be tied more closely to China, which the West should not want."

In an interview with journalist Aaron Maté, Prof. John J. Mearsheimer remarked, [5]

"You're asking whether we can go back to where we were before the war broke out or maybe even where we were in March '22 shortly after the war broke out when the negotiations in Istanbul were ongoing...the mess that we have created here, the disaster we have created here cannot be underestimated in terms of its scope."

Continuing with the Schroder interview, the Berliner Zeitung asked, "And the Europeans?" Schroeder responded:

"They have failed. There would have been a window in March 2022. The Ukrainians were ready to talk about Crimea. This was even confirmed by the Bild newspaper at the time.

(Gerhard Schroeder shows a page from the BILD newspaper with the title "Finally peace in sight?". It says: "Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (44) himself had already hinted at concessions for negotiations: He no longer insists on his country's accession to NATO, he told the US broadcaster ABC. And he is also ready for a 'compromise' on Crimea and the breakaway provinces in the Donbass. 'In every negotiation, my goal is to end the war with Russia,' Zelensky told BILD.

In 2022, I received a request from Ukraine asking if I could mediate between Russia and Ukraine. The question was whether I could convey a message to Putin. There would also be someone who would have a very close relationship with the Ukrainian president himself. This was Rustem Umerov, the current Minister of Defense of Ukraine. He is a member of the Crimean Tatar minority. Then the question was: How to end the war?"