The initiative for Gerhard Schörder’s peace mission in Moscow came from Germany’s former chancellor himself, says the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk. “I’m not allowed to reveal any details at the moment,” Melnyk told “Bild” on Friday. But the proposal for this initiative had come from Schröder in the past few days, it was not at the request of Ukraine.
“For him, the action is a liberation, perhaps the last chance to restore his tarnished reputation,” says the “world”.
Schröder reported indirectly, the ambassador reports, “through certain contacts who also have contacts with Ukraine.” And: “There aren’t that many people around the world and perhaps also in Germany who have this personal connection to Mr. Putin.”
When asked about the results of the talks in Moscow, the ambassador said he could say “that we may also hear directly from Mr. Schröder tomorrow” about the results of the meeting with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. “I know that Mr. Schröder is ready to report on it, through channels that are now virtually non-public. And that’s good that at least there’s some hope.”
Schröder traveled to Moscow on Wednesday to hold talks with Putin about the Ukraine war. Corresponding reports from the news portal “Politico” and the “Bild” newspaper were confirmed by the German Press Agency. According to dpa information, a conversation between Schröder and Putin took place on Thursday. The Kremlin did not comment on Friday.
Schröder had not coordinated his trip to Moscow with the federal government. He traveled to Moscow via Istanbul. He met a Ukrainian delegation in the Turkish metropolis before he was picked up by a Russian plane and flown to Moscow on Wednesday.