During her visit to Moscow, the Chancellor talks about “difficult” talks with Putin

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Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer was received by Vladimir Putin on Monday 11 April. According to a press release by his cabinet after the meeting, this is a first for a European leader since the intervention in Ukraine began.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said he was “rather pessimistic” after his meeting with Vladimir Putin, who said he was hoping for a “military success” in Ukraine. “We should have no illusions (…). President Putin has slipped massively into the logic of war and is acting accordingly,” he explained to journalists at the end of his visit.

The conversation with President Putin was open, frank and difficult.e,” said Karl Nehammer after this interview, which lasted a little over an hour and, according to the Austrian press, did not lead to a handshake. ” I have spoken about the serious war crimes committed in Boutcha and elsewhere and said that those responsible must be brought to justice added the Austrian Chancellor.

Boutcha, a place near Kyiv, has become a symbol of atrocities. Karl Nehammer, like other Western officials, was visiting this weekend. Moscow has firmly rejected any involvement. ” I have made clear to the President of Russia the urgency of establishing humanitarian corridors for the transport of water and food and the evacuation of women, children and the wounded from besieged cities “, underlined the Chancellor and stressed that it was not a question. not a friendly visit “.

The interview took place at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence near Moscow. No image has been extracted from the meeting and no joint press conference is planned. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, this closed-door format was chosen on the initiative of the Austrian side.

Visit to Ukraine

Karl Nehammer says he now wants to meet his European counterparts to update them on this meeting and discuss next steps while the European Union (EU) is currently preparing new sanctions. The Austrian conservative Chancellor traveled to Moscow on his own initiative after his visit to Ukraine. he” has no European mandate “, his Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg had specified on Monday before.

Karl Nehammer should explain to Vladimir Putin that he ” Russia isolating that morally it will lose this war and that it is doing the wrong things ‘ the diplomatic chief said. ” Any voice that helps President Putin understand the reality outside the Kremlin walls is not a lost voice ‘ he estimated, while admitting that ‘ Nobody expects a miracle “.

The change of Chancellor was decided after talks with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj on Saturday in Kyiv and talks with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the heads of the EU institutions Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel.

(With AFP)

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