After resigning from the supervisory board of the Russian energy group Rosneft, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) called on former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to stop further activities for companies in the country. “We note that it is now happening to one and the others must follow,” said Scholz on Saturday in Hildesheim on the sidelines of the SPD state delegate conference. The Federal Chancellor stressed that Schröder stands alone with his attitude.

Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) welcomed Schröder’s move, but said it was too late. There has been a war in Ukraine for three months.