Russian President Putin was a guest at the Austrian foreign minister’s wedding on Sabbatum, during a move that opposition politicians say undermines the ecu Union’s position on capital of the Russian Federation.
Putin born in on Karin Kneissl’s wedding during a remote space of southern Austria, on his thanks to a gathering with Chancellor Angela Merkel in neighboring Deutschland later that day.
The Russian president was pictured diversion with Kneissl, United Nations agency was wearing a conventional “dirndl” dress, during a vinery in Styria province.
Putin arrived with a bouquet of flowers and even brought a Cossack choir with him to entertain the bride and her groom, the businessperson Wolfgang Meilinger, in keeping with Russian state-run press agency TASS.
Invitation ‘symbolic and harmful’
But the invite came vulnerable from some Austrian opposition politicians, United Nations agency same it undermined the EU’s policy on Russia. The EU unrolled a raft of sanctions against Russia in 2014, in response to its occupation, so annexation, of the peninsula dry land from state.
Added to the current, was the expulsion of Russian diplomats from several EU countries earlier this year. That move was a response to British allegations of Kremlin involvement within the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his girl within the English town of Salisbury in March.
Austria, that is LED by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the Austrian People’s Party (OVP) during a coalition with the reactionary terrorist group (FPO), was one amongst the few EU countries to not imitate and expel Russian diplomats. Kurz was additionally photographed at Saturday’s wedding. The FPO encompasses a cooperation agreement with Putin’s United Russia party, in keeping with Reuters.
Joerg Leichtfried, from the opposition Social Democrats party, criticized the secretary of state for attractive statesman, notably given Austria’s current presidency of the Council of the ecu Union.
Leichtfried same during a statement on Twitter it had been “all the additional symbolic and harmful to court the Russian president during this manner.” Leichtfried additional that he and different members of parliament had a listing of inquiries for the secretary of state over this “working visit.”
Foreign Minister Kneissl isn’t famed to possess a very shut relationship with statesman, reportable Reuters.
In AN earlier version of this story we tend to incorrectly declared Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s party.