The parliament has called for sanctions against Gerhard Schroeder over his ties with Russia FILE PHOTO. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. © AFP / Olga Maltseva

The European Parliament adopted a resolution urging sanctions against former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Thursday over his ties with Russia.

The sanctions, imposed by the bloc over the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine should be applied “to the European members of the boards of major Russian companies and to politicians who continue to receive Russian money,” the legislature argued. Schroeder, who led the German government from 1998 to 2005, is among the prime targets for the potential restrictions, as he has held multiple positions in Russian or Russia-affiliated businesses since leaving office. Currently, the ex-Chancellor has a position on Rosneft’s Board of Directors.

Schroeder has repeatedly come under fire over his ties with Russia before, with the ex-Chancellor facing a renewed assault amid the Russian military operation in Ukraine. While Schroeder was quick to criticize the offensive in general, he also pointed out that “both sides made mistakes,” apparently suggesting that the EU and NATO’s own actions contributed to the conflict as well. (RT)