Gerhard Schroeder: Russia not going to change stance on Crimea
German people are interested in building normal relations with Russia, former German Chancellor, member of the German Social Democratic Party Gerhard Schroeder said.
Schroeder supported leader of Germany’s Free Democratic Party Christian Lindner who called for seeing Crimea’s status as "a long-term temporary phenomenon."
"The chairman of the Free Democratic Party turned out to be more sharp-eyed that those who believe that demonizing Russia will help them in their election race. The German people needs normal relations with Russia, and Lindner realized that. Nothing will change in the Crimean issue, while the remaining issues should be tackled separately," TASS cited the former Chancellor as saying.
He also said that he would like to help improve relations between Russia and the EU. "To do so, we need both parties, and I am ready to make my modest contribution," Schroeder stressed in an interview with the Swiss newspaper Blick.