CDU General Secretary attacks Schwesig and SPD over Nord Stream 2

Updated on 04/15/2022 at 5:44 p.m.

  • CDU General Secretary Mario Czaja criticized Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Premier Manuela Schwesig for her long-standing contacts with Russian state-owned Gazprom.
  • SPD politicians and their party in the northern German state have been criticized for Nord Stream 2 and a foundation funded by millions of dollars from Russian gas contracts.

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CDU General Secretary Mario Czaja harshly criticized Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) and her party for their long-standing contacts with Russian state-owned Gazprom. “The Schwerin investigative committee must now quickly clarify to what extent Manuela Schwesig has allowed herself or is still being used for the interests of Russia and what consequences should be drawn from this,” Czaja told the news magazine “Spiegel “. A Prime Minister cannot be a Putin lobbyist at the same time.

The parliamentary commission of inquiry is to be set up in May in the parliament of the Land of Schwerin at the instigation of the opposition groups CDU, Greens and FDP. It is supposed to clarify the circumstances of the founding and work of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania climate foundation, funded by millions from Russian gas contracts. The foundation was established in early 2021 with the aim of completing the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea pipeline while circumventing the threat of US sanctions.

Czaja criticizes the Russian policy of the SPD

Schwesig pointed out in Schwerin on Tuesday that the decision to set up the foundation was taken within the red-black state government on the initiative of the then energy minister and the current Christian interior minister. (SPD). “Of course, there were also discussions with Nord Stream,” admitted the head of government. “But we made our own decisions in the state government and state parliament and no one else.”

Czaja also criticized the basic position of the SPD on the issue. “The influence of the Kremlin on the SPD and its Russian policy is apparently even deeper than expected,” said the “Spiegel”, quoting the CDU general secretary. “The criticisms of our friends in Eastern Europe on the involvement of social democrats in Putin’s regime have proven justified.” Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) was asked to “finally tell the truth here so that Germany is no longer isolated in Europe”.
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Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for the first time acknowledged mistakes in his Russian policy: “My attachment to Nord Stream 2 was clearly a mistake. We clung to bridges that Russia no longer believed in and against which our partners warned us.” © ProSiebenSat.1

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