Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Russian president of "special knowledge" Kneissls.
Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl (FPÖ) has not contacted the head of state to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin for their wedding. It was the personal choice of the newlyweds who invited them & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson for the minister on Wednesday at the request of APA.
Because it was a personal party, the invitation was also not refused with the federation president Alexander Van der Bellen nor with the Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP). Putin was invited because he had a & # 39; special knowledge & # 39; was from the foreign minister, said the spokesperson. And especially in diplomacy, & # 39; personal relations & # 39; important and they would have a & # 39; particular role & # 39; play.
Kneissl asked the commissioner of the federal government for Russia, ex-first lady and ex-Russian ambassador Margot Klestil-Löffler, to investigate whether Putin actually arrives at the wedding, as the daily papers "Österreich" and "Presse" (Wednesday) reported : "We can not confirm it at all," said the spokesperson.
Criticism of ÖVP-Karas
OVP head of the delegation Othmar Karas criticized in connection with the Kneissl wedding that "unfortunately all fear has come true" that "the Russian president is instrumentalizing this private party for its strategic interests". "Organizing and abusing such a personal party in such a way that I have no understanding of it", Karas said in an interview with the "Falter" radio, according to Wednesday's announcement. "Damage has been done here," says Karas. The damage to Austria must now be remedied by the federal government. The extension of EU sanctions against Russia will be the acid test, the ÖVP politician said.
In contrast, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs there is no damage to Austria because of the participation of Putin in the wedding because it was a "private party".