Contents tagged with Austria

  • Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs claims Putin's visit to her wedding was ‘unexpected’

    During a broadcast of Ö1 radio, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Karin Kneissl said that she does not have any close relationship with Putin and the invitation of the Russian President to her wedding was “a completely spontaneous" move.

    Putin had come to the wedding on August 18, causing a wave of criticism in the country.

    In early June, the Minister invited government colleagues and the President of Austria to the wedding because “that is the way things are done." At the reception …

  • Media: Merkel and Putin spoke about Syria and peacekeeping mission in Donbas

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to create an international administration and introduce 40,000 peacekeepers in the territories of the Donbas which are not under Ukraine’s control, reported the editor-in-chief of the Russian radio station Echo of Moscow, Alexei Venediktov, on his radio channel.

    According to him, Putin received a detailed plan for the introduction of the peacekeeping units in the Donbas. Venediktov did not report any other details or …

  • Putin attends Austrian foreign minister’s wedding with gift and gives a toast

    One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gifts to Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl was a painting with rural motifs, depicting the places where Kneisl’s husband Wolfgang Meilinger is from, reported Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

    “Putin gave the newlyweds a painting with rural motifs, because her husband is from precisely these places, and he also gave an ancient butter squeezer and a Tula samovar,” Russian news agency TASS cites Peskov as saying.

    The Russian president’s spokesman …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Austria's explanations of Putin’s presence at Karin Kneissl's wedding 'evoke a sad smile'

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry justifying Russian President Vladimir Putin’s presence at the foreign minister’s, Karin Kneissl’s wedding as a private visit evokes a “sad smile”, wrote the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affaitrs, Pavlo Klimkin on Twitter.

    “I do not usually comment on secular life, but if the Austrian Foreign Ministry has to make excuses while assuring that foreign policy is not changing in light of the “private visit,” it is an interesting turn of events that evoke a sad smile,” …

  • Putin’s invitation to foreign minister’s wedding draws criticism in Austria

    Austria has criticized the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin was invited to the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl. The Russian president’s visit “damages” Austria, Austrian political scientist Gerhard Mangott told the German Press Agency in an interview.

    Mangott believes that the upcoming visit will cause people to suspect that Austria is “Russia’s Trojan horse in the EU”. The political scientist also says that Putin is being given an opportunity to demonstrate that …

  • Putin to attend the wedding of Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to attend the wedding of the Minister of Foreign affairs of Austria, reported Austrian media outlets on August 15th. Dmitry Peskov, a representative for the Russian leader also confirmed this intention.

    He noted that Putin will “drop by” the wedding “on the way to Berlin.” Talks between the Russian President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are planned there.

    The Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl is marrying a financier and entrepreneur …

  • Ukraine calls on Austrian media to raise Sentsov issue during Putin's visit

    The Ukrainian Embassy in Austria has appealed to local media to "raise the issue" of political prisoner Crimean Oleg Sentsov ahead of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Austria Oleksandr Scherba wrote on Facebook.

    "Numerous cinematographers from around the world, including Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Zanussi, Johnny Depp and Alexander Sokurov called on Vladimir Putin to release Oleg Sentsov. The Austrian Film Academy also …

  • Austria's Vice-Chancellor proposes to end sanctions against Russia

    In an interview with Austrian newspaper Oesterreich, the Vice-Chancellor of Austria and the leader of the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache called for an end to the European Union's sanctions against Russia.

    "The sanctions have harmed the Austrian economy. It is high time to put an end to these exasperating sanctions and normalize political and economic relations with Russia," Strache said.

    Strache's party is a junior coalition partner to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's …

  • Austria establishes no-flight zone over Vienna ahead of Putin's visit

    On June 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit the capital of Austria. As a security measure, Austrian authorities will close Vienna’s for air traffic.

    Austria’s Ministry of Defense will close the air space over Vienna and will enlist 10 military aircraft and helicopters for patrolling. 800 Austrian military personnel will ensure that all goes smoothly during Putin’s visit, the Ministry added.

    Putin intends to discuss the gas issue with Austrians. 

    During his visit to Moscow on …

  • Austria refuses to expel Russian diplomats because of the Skripal case

    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated that Austria would not expel its Russian diplomats over the Skripal poisoning incident in Britain.

    Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Julia were poisoned nearly to death near London with a Soviet-era-made nerve agent known as Novichok. The British government highly suspects that Russia was responsible for this attempted assassination on British soil.

    Chancellor Kurz made his country’s position clear with a post on Twitter. "We support …