Auatrian Chancellor responds to Critics

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Auatrian Chancellor responds to Critics

Nehammer reacts to Selenskyj’s accusation that Austria accepts dead children for Russian gas

In an interview with the “Presse am Sonntag”, Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) spoke about accusations made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj during his visit to Kiev. According that Austria “accepts dead children for Russian gas”.

He also expressed understanding for Germany’s recent decision to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine. Nehammer pointed out that Russia was “currently not interested” in peace talks. “So it fits again that Ukraine is being supported with heavy weapons.” He does not see Austria as being directly threatened militarily, as he told the Kurier.

“Every day the war lasts longer increases the danger of a big war,” he said when asked how great the danger was that the war would be carried to Central Europe. “There is no fear of a missile heading for Austria,” he added.

In the case of a nuclear cloud, “it depends on the weather and the wind direction”, but according to experts, with today’s reactors there should not be a chain reaction like the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

The Chancellor told the press that “two hearts beat in my chest” regarding the delivery of heavy weapons. “It is right to provide Ukraine with defensive weapons. But in the logic of war this means: as long as the weapons speak, the peace talks take a back seat. But Russia has no interest in that at the moment either.”

Nehammer was shocked by Selensky’s accusations: “That was one of the worst moments you can experience as a chancellor if you are a family man yourself. And it still cannot be changed for me,” Nehammer said, arguing that with his responsibility for Austria’s energy security.

In addition, he emphasised that Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin had “of his own accord” raised the gas issue at the two-party meeting in Moscow. In both interviews, the Chancellor answered to the question whether the Federal Government had a plan in case of a Russian gas supply stop, with “of course” !

Spource: (APA, red, 30.4.2022)

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