War in Ukraine: Austrian Chancellor visits Moscow

Karl Nehammer.

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Karl Nehammer is scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin at 2 p.m. Paris time.

He is the first European leader to meet the Russian president since the start of the war.

Karl Nehammer, who met the Ukrainian president on Saturday, wants to mediate in the conflict between the two countries.

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From our correspondent in Vienna

,

Isaure Hiace

After traveling to Ukraine in person this weekend where he met President Volodymyr Zelensky and visited the martyred city of Boutcha, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer wants to speak to Vladimir Putin.

In Moscow, the Chancellor wants to promote the idea of ​​a dialogue between Ukraine and Russia, to discuss the establishment of humanitarian corridors and a possible ceasefire.

But Karl Nehammer affirms it, he will also mention the "

war crimes

" of which Russia is accused.

“ 

Do nothing

 ”, not an option

For the Austrian Chancellor, "

doing nothing

" is not an option, he wants to be a mediator in this conflict, a "

builder of bridges

", he says, and try everything to put an end to the war.

Austria is militarily neutral, not a member of NATO, but it will not be "

morally neutral

" against Vladimir Putin, he explained.

Austria has always clearly condemned Russian aggression and even expelled four Russian diplomats from its soil last week.

But Karl Nehammer believes that his country still has “

open channels of discussion

” with Russia and wishes to take advantage of them, even if he recognizes that his chances of success are slim. 

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