Lavrov to focus on relations with EU, Syrian crisis during talks with Austrian counterpart
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with his Austrian counterpart Karin Kneissl later in the day, focusing on prospects of economic ties between the two countries, energy dialogue, future relations between Russia and the European Union and pressing global issues. This is going to be the first meeting of two ministers after Kneissl’s appointment as foreign minister last December, TASS reports.
Despite a challenging international background, Russia and Austria "have had good-natured relations, which are resistant to fluctuations of the political environment," Russia’s Foreign Ministry said. "There are no serious problems between the countries. Parliamentarians and ministries maintain an active dialogue, regions are collaborating," the ministry added.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in late February in Moscow.
On Friday, the ministers will consider the state and prospects of relations between Russia and the EU, particularly against the background of the upcoming presidency of Austria in the EU Council in the second half of this year. Previously, Kneissl said in an interview with TASS that Vienna would call for building dialogue with Russia after it takes over the EU Council presidency in July. It is very important for restoring the lost confidence between the European Union and Russia, she stressed.