Russian president Vladimir Putin was on Saturday present at the marriage of the Austrian minister of Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl. She belongs to the extreme-right party FPÖ, which has close links to Putin. The Austrian opposition is outraged at the invitation to Putin. Politicians in the opposition essentially on the role of Russia in the Ukrainian conflict.
Putin took ten members of a traditional choir with it as a wedding gift and was little more than an hour. He found the time for a short dance with the bride, says the Austrian newspaper Heute. Among the invitees are also the conservative chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, and the far-right vice-chancellor Heinz Christian Strache.
The unannounced visit of Putin did not go down well with the opposition, which also pointed to the involvement of Russia in the Ukrainian conflict. “How can Austria now a bridge builder, during its presidency of the EU, when the minister of Foreign Affairs, and the chancellor so clearly choose a side,” said sociaaldemocratisch member of parliament Andreas Schieder Friday already.
Vienna put in contrast to other European countries, no Russian diplomats out of the country, after the British accusations that Russia is responsible for the poisoning of the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom in march 2018.
After his visit to the Austrian-Slovenian border for the wedding, travel Putin Saturday night, through to Germany, where he met with chancellor Angela Merkel on the agenda.