Category Archives: Austria

Kravchuk backs ‘good proposal’ to move TCG talks from Belarus to Austria

The current political situation and continuing protests in Belarus are making it likely that the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas would relocate its talks to Austria, head of the TCG’s Ukrainian delegation, Leonid Kravchuk, said. “It is a good proposal. Currently, the political situation in Belarus is unfavorable for our work in Minsk. The people have risen against [Belarusian

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Austria, Ukraine have different views on Nord Stream 2 construction – Kurz

Austria’s Chancellor says friends should openly discuss different topics. Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says his country and Ukraine have different views on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He made this announcement at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Vienna. The event was broadcast live on the Facebook page of the President’s

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Suspected of espionage. Austria expels Russian diplomat

Austria expels a Russian diplomat from the country and declared him persona non grata. This was reported on Monday, August 24, by the Austrian edition of the Kronen Zeitung . The newspaper specifies that the diplomat must leave its territory by September 1 and is suspected of industrial espionage. The Austrian Foreign Ministry confirmed to the Russian TASS agency that official Vienna is indeed

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PACE may investigate far-right extremism in Ukraine

It is related to the wave of attacks by national radicals on civilians that swept through Ukraine The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe may send an additional mission to Ukraine to investigate far-right extremism after the Covid-19 pandemic is over. This was stated by an MP of Austria’s Social Democratic Party, a member of the PACE, Professor Stefan

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‘World’s Most Wanted Man’ Under Russian Intelligence Protection – Reports

A top executive of disgraced payments company Wirecard is believed to be in hiding near Moscow under the protection of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, the German newspaper Handelsblatt reported Sunday.  Wirecard collapsed in June after admitting that 1.9 billion euros ($2.2 billion) missing from its accounts likely did not exist, in what auditors said appeared to be an “elaborate

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Retired Austrian Colonel Jailed Over Spying for Russia

A retired Austrian army colonel was jailed for three years on Tuesday after being convicted of spying for Russia. The 71-year-old who has not been named “betrayed state secrets at the expense of Austria for a foreign secret service,” a Salzburg court ruled. He also “deliberately disclosed a military secret,” according to the verdict. The court case began in March

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Russia’s attempts to lift sanctions amid Covid-19 pandemic is prospectless, – Kuleba

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister held phone talk with Austrian colleague The attempts of the Russian Federation to influence the lifting of sanctions due to the Covid-19 pandemic are hopeless as Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba reported on Facebook. It is noted that Dmytro Kuleba held a phone talk with Austrian colleague Alexander Schallenberg. The foreign ministers discussed the situation around

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Trial of Austrian Army Officer Accused of Spying for Russia Opens

The case has been embarrassing for neutral Austria, which under conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has positioned itself as one of Russia’s closest allies in the European Union while saying it wants to be a bridge between east and west. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz / Flickr (CC BY 2.0) The trial of a retired Austrian army colonel accused of spying for Russia

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Austrian government moves towards easing sanctions on Russia

The work program for the development of Austria between 2020 and 2024 indicates that the Austrian government intends to continue its course towards easing the sanctions on Russia. The program was presented by Austrian People’s Party leader Sebastian Kurz and Werner Kogler, leader of the “Greens”. “With progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, we need to consider gradually

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