29 Sep 2017 17:27

Schroeder vows as Rosneft chairman to broker compromises when opinions differ

MOSCOW. Sept 29 (Interfax) - Gerhard Schroeder said his role as Rosneft's board chairman would be to broker compromises when opinions differ.

He said consensus at board meetings was usually reached during discussion, and "this is one of my tasks, to find a solution, a compromise, if there are various interests," he told a press conference.

He said a board of directors had to think about the company's interests and not pursue individual interests. "This is my task, what I am planning," Schroeder said.

Rosneft's new board has been augmented by two members to 11.

"I'm very pleased to have been elected," Schroeder said. He said he still had consultations to hold. He said he was not yet prepared to make statements about the company's work. His interests are also to represent Germany, and those interests are not least to have good relations with Russia, he said.

Angela Merkel, who succeeded Schroeder as German chancellor, "also wants good economic and political relations with Russia," he said. "But you should discuss that with her, of course," he said. This has no bearing on his decision to join the Rosneft board, Schroeder said.