Austrian Chancellor blames Russia for Donbas, Syria crises
"We talked of what opportunities are out there to ease tensions, remove the tension between Russia and the EU. First of all, I took my chance to voice our expectations, not only with regard to statehood but also international law. Discussing bilateral relations, relations at the EU-Russia level, we talked about crisis hotspots – for example, eastern Ukraine – as well as about the situation in Syria. Of course, Russia is largely responsible here," Kurz said.
He stressed that it was necessary "to do everything to halt these unbearable developments" in Syria.
Read alsoPutin: Russia "not against" putting occupied Donbas under int'l control"As for Ukraine, we also discussed this. Last year, I had the honor of chairing the OSCE and visiting eastern Ukraine. Our goal is to ensure a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. We are pleased that the observers' monitoring mission has been doing a very important job along the line of contact. Of course, there is a long way to go toward a political solution. We expect the implementation of Minsk agreements. Before they are embodied, positive steps should also be taken to reduce tensions there, "Kurz said.
He assured that Austria was ready to contribute to and ensure a sustainable peace in the east of Ukraine.