ARCHIV - 30.03.2006, Russland, Moskau: Der ehemalige Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder, gibt eine Pressekonferenz im Hauptquartier von Gazprom. (zu dpa «Vom Kanzler zum Sorgenkind der SPD: Der Fall des Gerhard Schröder») Foto: epa Dmitry Astakhov/IZVESTIA/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

According to a report, ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) traveled to Moscow again. The broadcasters RTL and ntv reported on Monday that he had stayed at a hotel in the city center of the Russian capital. When asked what he was doing there, the Chancellor said: “I’m going on vacation here for a few days. Moscow is a beautiful city.”

According to the information, Schröder’s hotel is not far from the headquarters of the Russian oil company Rosneft. The former chancellor decided in May to give up his position on the supervisory board there and also declared that he would not accept an offered position on the supervisory board of the Russian gas company Gazprom.

The ex-chancellor has long been criticized for his ties to Russia and his close ties to President Putin. He is accused of not having sufficiently distanced himself from Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Whether Schröder will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin remains open.