The Austrian government wants to achieve a softening of EU sanctions against Russia that were imposed because of the war in Ukraine. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurz, reports the German newspaper Spiegel.

“We need to re-establish trust in Europe and to move from the system of punishment through sanctions on the path of establishing a system of incentives,” said Kurtz.

Austria intends to seek changes to the sanctions policy against Russia via the OSCE, which will be chaired from January 2017.

25 November 2016, it was reported that the Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier believes that the need to strengthen the dialogue with Russia.

Austria will seek to mitigate the sanctions against Russia – foreign Ministry 30.12.2016

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