Contents tagged with Austria

  • 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 …

  • 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 …