Austria urges not to “go too far” in relation to Moscow

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Austria urges not to go too far with Moscow

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Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg called for a sense of proportion towards Moscow, despite the war it unleashed in Ukraine, as today's actions will determine the status of the free world for years to come. Krone writes about this.

According to him, Russia remains part of European history and culture.

"We must not cross the line, for example, by introducing a ban on extradition visas for 144 million Russians", — said Schallenberg.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that there is no doubt about the full support of Ukraine in its struggle for sovereignty and territorial integrity. He also called the war in Ukraine unleashed by Russia insane.

"The brutal aggressive war provoked by Russia, — This is madness. At the same time, we also need to think about what will happen tomorrow, in a week and in months”, — said Schallenberg.

According to him, the European security architecture one way or another will have to include Russia in the future as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and as a nuclear power.

He also noted that Russia's presence should be maintained in the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation) and criticized the fact that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was not invited to the last OSCE meeting in Poland.

"OSCE — one of the few remaining platforms where Russian diplomats sit and should listen to our arguments and our sharp criticism of Russia's aggressive war”, — said the Austrian Foreign Minister.

Therefore, Europe must maintain a sense of proportion — which is one of the biggest tasks for 2023.

As reported by BAGNET, earlier Austrian Defense Minister Claudia Tanner, answering a question about the prospects for the de-occupation of Ukrainian territory, said that “ it is not clear whether there will ever be a winner in the war”, which the Russian Federation unleashed against Ukraine.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga 

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