German Ex-Chancellor Meets Putin for Ukraine Peace Talks

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has reportedly traveled to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks on ending the war in Ukraine.

Schröder’s meeting with Putin, which ended Thursday evening, followed talks in Istanbul with a Ukrainian politician who is a member of the country’s delegation for peace talks with Russia, people close to the matter told political news agency Politico.

“Ukraine wanted to see if Schröder could build a bridge for dialogue with Putin,” the source said, without giving details of the Moscow meeting.

Schröder served as German chancellor from 1998 to 2005, and has been under heavy scrutiny over his senior roles in Russian energy companies. He is part of the board of Russian oil giant Rosneft and chairman of the shareholders’ committee of Gazprom, the company in charge of building Nord Stream 2.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, suggested last week that Schröder could be a mediator between Moscow and Kyiv.

Government officials told media outlets that they did not know of Schröder’s initiative.

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