Putin visits Austria, says lifting Russian Federation sanctions would benefit all

Ruben Fields
June 7, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem leader blasts ICE chief for plans to speak to "hate group" Christie: "I have not been asked" to help Trump prepare for Mueller interview Papadopoulos's wife asks Trump to pardon her husband in Mueller probe MORE talk "regularly" over the phone.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the United States will have to offer North Korea solid security guarantees if it wants to strike a denuclearization deal.

Putin's visit to Austria, where he has held meetings with Chancellor Kurz of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache of the nationalist Freedom Party (FPÖ), is his first to Europe since he was re-elected to a fourth term as president.

Putin did not have much to say on the specific allegations that a Russian missile was responsible for the downing of the plane, except to cast doubt on the worldwide investigation and say that Ukraine shot down a passenger plane by mistake in 2001.

His welcome in Austria with a full military reception comes after the new populist government in Italy also said it wanted to restore traditionally close relations between Rome and Moscow, with sanctions to be reviewed. According to Van der Bellen, Russia forms part of Europe, and it is impossible to resolve global issues without it. Kurz noted that Austrian officials hope for progress in the realization of the Minsk agreements on settling the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the gradual lifting of sanctions against Moscow.

Prior to his visit, Putin had stressed the importance of improving ties with Austria and the EU.

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Still, the legislation is picking up support from one of the Republican Party's chief constituencies, the business community. Even with the growing support, Corker says it won't be easy to force the president to give up some power on trade.

The EU official said that he hoped that the government of Austria that would assume EU presidency in July shared pro-European positions.

Van der Bellen said some USA politicians claim the European Union is too dependent on Russian gas, but overlook the fact that American liquefied gas is much more expensive.

"We believe that with joint efforts from both sides, the visit will be successful and fruitful and inject strong new impetus into the development of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination", she said.

In Warsaw on Tuesday, Poland's president expressed his country's disapproval of the planned Russian-German gas pipeline to the visiting German president. Putin is in Vienna to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the completion of a pipeline that transports Russian gas to Europe.

"Under such circumstances, it makes little sense - viewed from a purely economic point of view - to replace Russian gas with American liquefied gas", he told reporters.

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