Contents tagged with Austria

  • Austrian Foreign Minister: Car with Putin’s autograph donated to charity

    The Austrian Foreign Minister, Karin Kneissl, in an interview published on Sunday evening on the Kommersant newspaper's website, announced that the Volkswagen Beetle car signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at her wedding was donated to charity.

    “The Volkswagen Beetle retro car from our wedding was sold during the annual Light and Dark auction (charity telethon Micht ins Dunkel) at the end of the year," she said. "It did not belong to us, we arranged it for our wedding, and on the day of …

  • Ukraine's Security Service: Kyiv denied entry to Austrian journalist for his own safety

    Ukraine's Security Service stated that Christian Wehrschütz, head of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ORF) had been barred from entering Ukraine for the sake of his own safety, the press service of the SBU said.

    “The reason behind this decision was to ensure the safety of the journalist. We would like to remind that Christian Wehrschütz had said in one of the interviews that he feared for his life in Ukraine. To avoid possible provocations during the stay of the Austrian journalist in …

  • Kyiv denies Austrian pro-Russian journalist entry to Ukraine

    The Head of Ukrainian Bureau of the Austrian television channel ORF, Christian Vershutsu has been banned from entering Ukraine.  According to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU)The reason is the threat he poses to national security.

    “The head of the Ukrainian bureau of the Austrian television channel ORF, Christian Vershutsu, was banned from entering Ukraine for one year. This is reported by my sources in the Ukrainian Security Service,” the first deputy head of the Rada Committee on Freedom …

  • 30 people suspected in Ukrainian money laundering through Austrian Meinl Bank

    The Austrian Prosecutor’s Office has identified 30 suspects in the case of Ukrainian money being laundered through Meinl Bank, Deutsche Welle reports. The investigation did not name the suspects, but it is known that the list includes Ukrainian citizens. 

    The case has to do with money disappearing from Ukrainian banks’ correspondent accounts in Austria. According to the Deposit Guarantee Fund, $385 million and €75 million were withdrawn illegally from the correspondent accounts at Meinl Bank.  …

  • Ukrainian and Austrian financial intelligence services to increase cooperation

    The Ukrainian Financial Monitoring Service’s press service referencing a memorandum signed by the Heads of the Departments, Ihor Cherkassky and Austrian Financial Intelligence Johannes Peham, reported that the Ukrainian and Austrian financial intelligence services intend to strengthen cooperation.

    The Ukrainian Financial Monitoring Service and the Austrian Financial Intelligence Unit have confirmed their mutual interest in prosecuting individuals suspected of laundering criminal proceeds, …

  • Austrian Chancellor: Lifting of sanctions against Russia must be linked with the resolution of the situation in Donbas

    In an interview with the Rheinische Post, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that the gradual lifting of sanctions against Russia should be linked with the process of resolving the situation in the Donbas. 

    “When I was a foreign minister, I believed that it was necessary to link the gradual lifting of sanctions against Russia with positive steps towards Ukraine – something that former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier proposed. The first step would imply establishing a real …

  • Austrian police accused Russian biathletes of violating anti-doping rules

    Austrian police have accused several Russian biathletes, as well as coaches, doctors and massage therapists of violating anti-doping rules at the 2017 Biathlon World Championships, TV sports presenter Dmitry Guberniev said on his Instagram account on Thursday.

    "A few hours ago, the Austrian police contacted the Russian national team. Here is the list of athletes, coaches, doctors and massage therapists who were accused of violating anti-doping rules during the 2017 World Championships in …

  • Austrian Foreign Minister reschedules visit to Russia because of spy scandal

    Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl rescheduled her visit to Russia. She explained that due to the scandal related to alleged espionage involving Russia, the visit was rescheduled to a later time.

    “Yes, it has been rescheduled. We intend to get the “Sochi dialogue” started but due to this case with espionage I have rescheduled the visit,” RIA Novosti cites Kneissl as saying. She did not specify a new date for the visit.

    Earlier, a former Colonel of the Armed Forces was detained in Austria  …

  • Slovakia expels Russian diplomat over alleged espionage

    Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said that an employee of the Russian Embassy was expelled to Russia on November 22.

    Slovakia expelled a Russian diplomat due to alleged espionage. The Slovak government made a decision to expel the diplomat based on the data of military intelligence. Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini stated that the employee of the Russian Embassy was expelled on November 22 and he left the country within 48 hours. The name of the alleged spy has not been published. …

  • Austrian Chancellor: Espionage scandal will not affect relations between Austria and Russia

    Liga.net reports that the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated at a press conference that Austria intends to preserve good relations with Russia, despite the recent espionage scandal.

    “We have a good relationship with Russia, and this will not change in the future,” stated Kurz.

    At the same time, the chancellor stressed that Austria will always “prevent and criticize” espionage attempts.

    Earlier in Austria, a former officer who from the 1990’s had been giving information to Russia …