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Putin's visit to Kneissl's wedding damages Austria's reputation in Ukraine, - Ambassador

According to Oleksandr Shcherba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Austria, this situation upsets him
12:00, 4 September 2018

Reuters

Oleksandr Shcherba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Austria, stated that the fact that Russian President Putin was invited to the wedding of Karin Kneissl, Austria’s Foreign Minister, damaged the reputation of the country in Ukraine, as  Salzburger Nachrichten reported.

“It’s not just about the wedding, but also about the cooperation between this party which is in the parliamentary coalition in Austria, and “United Russia” – the ruling party in Russian Federation. In our opinion, one cannot be pro-Russian and neutral simultaneously. A contradiction is observed here,” the Ambassador said.

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According to him, the negotiations with Ukraine show that this wedding damaged Austria’s reputation in Ukraine.

“We are friends and partners connected with a mutual past, present and, I hope, future as a part of the European space, with mutual goals and values. Till August 2018, there were no changes in Austrian-Ukrainian relationships,” the Ambassador added.

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Earlier, Russian President Putin danced with Karin Kneissl, Austria’s Foreign Minister, at her wedding. Yet, Sebastian Kurz, the Chancellor of Austria, stated that the police of his state concerning Russia would not change.

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