New government of Austria to preserve sanctions against Russia, - Kurz

Source : 112 Ukraine

The new government won’t lift the anti-Russian sanctions, nor support the Öxit
09:53, 17 December 2017

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The new coalition government of Austria won’t change the previous politics as to anti-Russian sanctions, Sebastian Kurz, newly elected Chancellor of Austria, said in his speech in Vienna on Dec. 16.

In his turn, leader of the Freedom Party of Austria and future Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (starting Dec. 18), would be in favour of lifting the sanctions, according to Deutsche Welle. However, since most of the EU is against it, they should follow the majority.

Related: No reason to cancel sanctions against Russia, - Merkel

Moreover, Kurz and Strache reassured the government wouldn’t hold a referendum on the possibility of the country leaving the EU (Öxit). “We will stay in the EU, but it doesn’t mean we can’t criticize the EU” Strache said.

Kurz, in his turn, emphasized that Vienna would insist on the increase in the powers of individual members of the EU so that Brussels doesn’t have the leverage over certain sectors.

Related: EU leaders extend sanctions against Russia for six months

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