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 Austria Has not Recognized Terrorists’ Fake Elections but Voted Against New Sanctions Against Russia

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann is opposing introduction of the next round of sanctions against Russia. However, Austria supports the decision of the European Union not to recognize fake elections in the east of Ukraine.

Austria opposed further sanctions implementation against Russia unlike Germany and the United States, Censor.NET reports citing dw.de.

"We are convinced that negotiations with the participation of Russia are the right way," Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Read also: EU Must Either Impose New Sanctions Against Russia or "Freeze" Relationships With it - Vice-President of the European Parliament

However, Austria shares the decision of the European Union not to recognize the elections in the east of Ukraine. Nevertheless, the authorities of the Republic of Austria has doubts that sanctions were useful for resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

"I've always been saying that they are at best small pieces of a puzzle and are not very desirable. We, the Austrians, have always treated them differently: we gave higher priority to negotiations and political agreements. We will continue to act the same way in the future," Faymann said.

As the newspaper writes, the Austrian soft attitude is probably caused by the high dependence of many Austrian companies from Russia and Eastern Europe. In particular, Raiffeisen Bank gets a significant portion of its profits in Russia. The energy concern OMV works with Russian Gazprom on the planned construction of the South Stream gas pipeline.

Read also: Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Called On the West to Tighten Sanctions Against Russia

Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatened Russia with new sanctions after the controversial "elections" in Eastern Ukraine.

 
 
 
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