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Austrian chancellor to meet Putin

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer says he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

The Austria Press Agency reported that Nehammer told reporters in Vienna on Sunday that he plans to make the journey to Russia on Monday.

It follows a trip on Saturday to Kyiv, where he met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

APA reported that Nehammer aims to encourage dialogue between Ukraine and Russia and also address Russian “war crimes” in his meeting with Putin.

Austria is a member of the European Union and has backed the 27-member bloc’s sanctions against Russia although it so far has opposed cutting off deliveries of Russian gas.

The country is militarily neutral and is not a member of NATO.

Nehammer said he was taking the trip on his own initiative and that he had consulted with the European Union’s top officials.

He said that he also informed Zelenskiy and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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