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The gas importer Uniper, saved with tax billions, has defended his sponsorship activities. With the money, the money is dealt with "maximum carefully and consciously", said Uniper boss Klaus-Dieter Maubach in an interview published on Saturday of the news portal The Pioneer.

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"We are very aware of the fact that we would be insolvent if the German taxpayer would not help us." At the same time, Maubach said that he could not rule out that his company will offer reason to criticize in the near future.

Background is that Uniper appeared this month as a sponsor of the Gastech industry meeting in Milan. The group also occurred for a gala dinner on the edge of the fair. According to Maubach, the contract for this was decided and paid last year. For Uniper, the question was whether or not. You hit the most important fair to buy liquefied natural gas. Participation was also an important signal to business partners and employees. When asked whether he would decide again, Maubach replied: "This decision: yes." But it was right to ask Uniper to deal responsibly with the money of taxpayers.

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How Uniper wants to proceed with sponsorships in the future, has not yet been decided, as the company announced on Friday. The Düsseldorf group was also one of the sponsors for a festival of the NRW state representative in Berlin this week. According to the representation, Uniper agreed to support the event with 10,000 euros in the spring. There were a total of 65 partners.

Uniper is the most important German gas importer. The group has come into trouble because Russia practically no longer pumps gas to Germany, but Uniper has to fulfill its long -term contracts and the lack of gas is buying expensive on the market. The pipeline gas from Russia was comparatively cheap.

Because of the lack of gas deliveries, the West accuses the Russian President Vladimir Putin to use energy as a weapon. The Kremlin rejected this. Meanwhile,

Maubach does not expect to do business with the Russian state company Gazprom. "I think this business relationship has broken." He chalk himself up to defended Gazprom as a reliable supplier after the beginning of the Ukraine secretary. "And today we are standing in front of the shards of this business relationship." Uniper will try with all his might try to enforce the contracts with Gazprom before arbitration and civil courts and get the money back.

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