Contents tagged with Austria

  • Kyiv: Austria invested $1.3 billion into Ukraine’s economy last year

    In 2017, Austria invested $1.35 billion in the economy of Ukraine that accounted for 3.4% of the total amount of foreign direct investment made into Ukraine’s economy, as reported by the service of the Cabinet of Ministers following the meeting of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman with the President of Austria, Alexander van der Bellen.

    According to Groysman, European integration is Ukraine's irreversible foreign policy choice. That is why Kyiv is looking to further intensify the …

  • The Chancellor of Austria voiced his support for Nord Stream-2

    After talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said his country supports the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.  

    After the talks, Putin said that Nord Stream-2 is not an alternative to the transit of gas through Ukraine to Europe.

    Nord Stream-2 is a project to build a gas pipeline with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. It is assumed that the route along the seabed, as well as the …

  • Former Austrian Chancellor admits to lobbying Ukraine’s interests for money in 2012-2013

    In an interview with Presse am Sonntag, Former Austrian Federal Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer admitted that he received money to lobby in favor of Ukraine drawing closer to the EU in 2012-2013, but not from Paul Manafort, who represented the interests of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

    Gusenbauer confirmed that he had lobbied Ukraine’s interests, and called it a “noble cause”.

    Furthermore, he did not deny that he received payment for it, but claimed not to remember the amount. He …

  • Austrian Chancellor speaks in support of ‘gradually lifting sanctions from Russia’

    The gradual lifting of sanctions against Russia should they make progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements is appropriate, as stated by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

    "The EU should insist on progress in the Ukrainian conflict and in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. If there is progress, it is appropriate to lift the sanctions step by step, to create incentives for further progress, about which German President ( …

  • Austrian court postpones extradition of Ukrainian oligarch Firtash to United States

    Interfax-Ukraine reports that the Austrian Supreme Court has postponed the extradition of the Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash to the United States. The decision of the Austrian Court of Appeals was thus annulled, said Firtash’s lawyer, Lanny J. Davis, on Tuesday, December 26.

    "The Supreme Court ordered a stay of Mr. Firtash's extradition pending its review," the lawyer said.

    He also added that the case was suspended until the European Court of Justice delivers a preliminary decision on the …

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria: The new Austrian government will follow the EU's policy of sanctions against Russia

    The future head of the Austrian government, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurtz, promised to adhere to the current policy regarding EU sanctions against Russia, as stated during a speech in Vienna on Saturday, December 16th, DW reports.

    At the same time, his partner in the coalition, chairman of the right-wing populist Freedom Party of Austria, Heinz-Christian Strache, said that he would personally prefer that sanctions against Russia be canceled, but if the majority in …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Austria condemns visit by Austrian politicians to the Crimea

    Ukrainian Ambassador to Austria Olexander Scherba stated that the Austrian politicians who visited the ‘Friends of Crimea’ Forum, which was organized by Russian authorities, violated the neutrality of Austria and the decisions of the European Union, reported Krym.Realii.

    "While Renat Paralamov spoke about the untold suffering that he had to go through, Linz Deputy Mayor Detlef Wimmer and newly-elected Member of Parliament Hans-Jörg Jenewein laid out their belongings in the luxury rooms of the …

  • Russia accuses Austria of blockade because of refusal to grant visas to journalists from Crimea

    Austria has refused to issue visas to journalists from the annexed Crimea, for which Russia accused it of an information blockade.

    Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, expressed her outrage at Austria’s actions, Tass news agency reports.

    “The situation of not granting visas to Crimeans can be called a blockade,” she said.

    “Today, unfortunately, we witnessed another unpleasant incident, when journalists from Crimea were not admitted to an event connected with the …

  • Germany and Austria call on US to revise recent Russian sanctions bill

    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern called for a correction of the bill approved by US senators to tighten anti-Russian sanctions in the energy sector.

    They believe that these measures threaten the European companies participating in the development of Europe’s energy supply.

    “Political sanctions should not be linked up to economic interest. To threaten companies in Germany, Austria and other European firms with fines in the US if they take part in or …

  • Polish authorities arrested an Austrian suspected of committing war crimes in eastern Ukraine

    Polish authorities reported on April 30th that they have arrested an Austrian suspected of committing war crimes in eastern Ukraine, as reported by Radio Liberty.

    According to the Polish Border Guard, a 25-year-old man was detained at the Dorohusk Polish border checkpoint three days ago as he tried to cross the border into Ukraine. Austria is now requiring him to be extradited.

    The detainee, the Polish border guards indicate, is suspected of "killing the wounded and prisoners," which is a war …