Former Austrian Foreign Minister Kneissl and former German Chancellor Schroder to face sanctions pressure

18 May, 07:51 PM
In 2018, a dance shared by Vladimir Putin and Karin Kneissl was widely publicized (Photo:Roland Schlager/Pool via Reuters)

In 2018, a dance shared by Vladimir Putin and Karin Kneissl was widely publicized (Photo:Roland Schlager/Pool via Reuters)

Members of the European Parliament are preparing to initiate the imposition of sanctions on former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder and former Aus-trian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, German news outlet Welt reported on May 18, citing its own sources.

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To do this, the European Parliament plans to adopt a resolution calling for the two politicians to be blacklisted, a status previously given to Russian oligarchs who support Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Both Schroder and Kneissl, after their political terms, received board positions in the Russian state oil company Rosneft, which many saw as a reward for corruption, leading to rumors that they received their posts as a bribe for loyalty to the Russian Federation.

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In addition, two are also known to have personal friendly relations with Putin himself. Kneissl even invited him to her own wedding, and in 2018, a photo taken of the two dancing was widely publicized worldwide.

This decision on the inclusion of members of the Rosneft board in the sanctions list is scheduled for May 19.

After that, the European Parliament resolution will need to be approved by the representatives of the EU member states.

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