December 17, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
VIENNA, Austria – Austria’s new government have vowed to lift anti-Russia sanctions that have been in place since the conflict in Ukraine broke out in 2014, says the incoming cabinet’s program for 2017-2022 available by TASS.
“Austria’s neutrality is a fundamental factor which should be taken into consideration in all international agreements. Involvement in global politics is included in national interests of a neutral state,” says the program titled ‘Together. For Our Austria.’
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“Austria, as a historical link, should be an active venue for dialogue between the West and East and will shape the policy between the West and Russia,” it continued.
“Our aim is positive cooperation in our continent. Austria will actively stand up to ease tensions, which emerged particularly over the conflict in Ukraine, and related to it [the conflict] sanctions in the European spirit and will undertake efforts to solve the conflict in Ukraine and around it,” it said.
Many European states are against sanctions on Russia but under the broader umbrella of the European Union have implemented them.
This signals a broader shift as most European Union members now seek to normalize relations with Russia in defiance of US desires.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.