Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder arrived in Moscow and settled next to the Rosneft office. He told reporters that he was on vacation. In response to the remark that the Rosneft office is very close, Schroeder replied in surprise: “Really? Yes you are right". However, Schroeder's wife denied his words, saying that he was not on vacation at all, but was "conducting negotiations on energy."
“He is not on vacation, but is negotiating energy policy in Moscow,” said Soen Schroeder-Kim.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that "does not rule out contacts between Schroeder and Putin."
According to Spiegel sources, the topic of negotiations may be gas supplies via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. The publication claims that on July 26, Schroeder will return to Germany.
In May, Schroeder resigned from the board of directors of Rosneft because he was threatened with sanctions.
On September 29, 2017, at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of PJSC NK Rosneft in St. Petersburg, Schroeder was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of NK Rosneft. In June 2021, it became known that he was re-elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. His salary in this position was $600,000.
In February 2022, Schroeder was nominated as a candidate to the board of directors of the Russian state-owned company Gazprom, taking the place of the chairman of the Kazakhstan Association of Oil, Gas and Energy Complex Organizations Kazenergy and the son-in-law of the former President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Timur Kulibayev.