Austrian Foreign Minister Calls for Dialogue with Russia
May 22, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Vienna maintains an informal channel of communication with Moscow and calls for dialogue with Russia despite the Ukrainian conflict, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said in an interview in Germany’s daily Die Welt today.
“The West should continue talking with Russia the way the U.S. government is doing,” he pointed out to the German publication.
According to Schallenberg, international platforms such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations should be used for further talks with Russia. Austria’s top diplomat sees it as “the global responsibility” of Western countries.
Schallenberg emphasized that Vienna continues to communicate with Moscow through informal channels. “Russia has not disappeared from the map, remaining the EU’s biggest geographical neighbor and the world’s major nuclear power,” he declared.