The Austrian chancellor, Karl Nehammer, went to Moscow to “look in President Putin’s eyes and confront him with what he saw” in Ukraine. He was the first European leader to meet the Russian president in person since the start of the invasion of Ukraine.
According to CNN, Nehammer went to Ukraine for talks with Putin. ”I addressed the serious war crimes in Bucha and other places and emphasized that all those responsible for them must be held accountable,“ Nehammer said, according to the statement issued by his office.
“I also told President Putin in no uncertain terms that sanctions against Russia will remain in place and will continue to be tightened as long as people are dying in Ukraine,”
CNN reported. He concluded that he did not become more optimistic by the Russian president’s response.
The chancellor said that Austria was trying everything to become independent of Russia regarding energy. “But it is not possible now. It will take time.” He added that the EU should concentrate on “sanctions that hurt the Russian Federation, not us.”
He highlighted that besides Austria, the German Federation, Hungary, and other member states also supported Vienna’s standpoint in refusing a gas embargo.
Meanwhile, some 9,000-10,000 people are arriving in Hungary from Ukraine every day, and the number of refugees has
exceeded 601,000 since the start of the war,
the prime minister’s chief security advisor said on Thursday. The government has sent aid worth 3 billion forints (EUR 7.9m) to Transcarpathia and western Ukraine since the start of the war, György Bakondi told news channel M1.
“Hungary helps by sending charitable aid, by accepting refugees, providing healthcare, transport, accommodation, and jobs, as well as by organising their continuing journey… but our priority is the security of Hungarians, and we
do not want Hungary to be dragged into this war,”
Source: CNN, MTI, 444.hu