Austrian Chancellor says trip to Putin is ‘not a friendly visit’ – POLITICO

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer held “direct, open and tough” talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday.

The meeting, according to Reuters Lasting about 75 minutes, it was Putin’s first face-to-face meeting with an EU leader since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine.

“This is not a friendly visit,” Nehammer said shortly after the meeting at Putin’s official residence outside Moscow, according to a statement from his office, adding that he had raised the issue of war crimes by Russian forces.

Later, in a press conference, the Austrian Chancellor said he had “not an optimistic outlook” on the situation in Ukraine, local media reported.

Nehammer, who was sworn in as chancellor four months ago, met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Saturday.

Austria is one of six EU countries that are not members of NATO and are officially non-aligned militarily – a fact Nehammer highlighted in a tweet confirming the visit. Austrian Chancellor says trip to Putin is 'not a friendly visit' - POLITICO

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