Closed-doors talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer concluded outside Moscow on Monday. No press conference or joint statements followed the meeting at Putin’s official residence, and no photo or video materials were published.
The negotiations were not a “friendly visit” but were rather “very direct, open and hard,” Nehammer told Austrian media after the talks. He signaled that the conversation revolved around the humanitarian aspect of the ongoing hostilities in Ukraine.
“This is not a friendly visit. I’ve just come from Ukraine and saw with my own eyes the immeasurable suffering caused by the Russian war of aggression,” Nehammer stated, adding that he had raised alleged “war crimes” blamed on Russian troops during the meeting. The chancellor also revealed that he told Putin that anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the EU would remain in place and could even be reinforced as long as the conflict goes on.
“The EU is more united than ever on this issue,” Nehammer stated.