Category Archives: Austria

Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz investigated by corruption inquiry

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said he is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors over allegations that he made false statements to a parliamentary commission. MPs have been investigating claims of nepotism, including the appointment of party loyalist Thomas Schmid as head of Austria’s state holding company. WhatsApp messages on Mr Schmid’s phone suggest Mr Kurz may have more to answer

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Austria Opposes New Russia Sanctions Despite Tensions

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday he opposes new sanctions against Russia despite soaring tensions between the West and Moscow over a slew of accusations. The European Union and NATO earlier this month expressed solidarity with the United States, which hit Russia with the toughest sanctions in three years for election interference and cyberattacks. In March, the Biden administration also

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Austrian Chancellor flew from Israel on plane likely owned by Firtash’s company – media

The head of the Austrian government Sebastian Kurz, together with the Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen, arrived in Israel on a Danish state plane to discuss the issue of vaccinations. He returned to Austria on a private plane Embraer Legacy 600, which probably belongs to Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash, wrote the Austrian edition of ZackZack. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

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Biden must persuade Germany and Austria to stop the “Schroederization” of Europe

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund and Benjamin L. Schmitt For decades, German foreign policy toward the Soviet Union, and then the Russian Federation, has been based on the Ostpolitik concept of “Wandel durch Handel” or “Change through Trade.” Reinvigorated in the early 2000s by the then German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, this concept states that by increasing trade relations with authoritarian regimes like Putin’s

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Austrian company secretly continued Crimean opera project after public denials

The Austrian architecture company Coop Himmelb(l)au, which designed an opera theater complex in Russian-occupied Crimea, had secretly worked on the project after public denials. This follows from information shared with Euromaidan Press by Anton Korynevych, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine to Crimea, the peninsula which Russia had occupied in 2014. The first hints of Coop Himmelb(l)au cooperating

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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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