In 'unfriendly' meeting with Putin, Austrian leader highlights accountability for war crimes


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Reunião com o chanceler da Áustria, Karl Nehammer, foi primeira conversa presencial de Putin com um líder do Ocidente desde o início da guerra da Ucrânia

Meeting with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer was Putin’s first face-to-face conversation with a leader of the West since the beginning of the Ukraine war| Photo: EFE/EPA/DRAGAN TATIC/Austrian Chancellery

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first face-to-face conversation with a Western leader since the beginning of the Ukrainian war it was an “unfriendly” visit, according to the Chancellor of Austria, Karl Nehammer.

“I have just arrived from Ukraine and have seen with my own eyes the immeasurable suffering caused by the Russian war of aggression,” said Nehammer in a statement this Monday (). He met with Putin at the Russian president’s residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, in the Moscow region.

Earlier, Nehammer had met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev and visited Bucha, where hundreds of civilian bodies were found after the departure of troops from Moscow.

“I addressed the serious war crimes in Bucha and elsewhere and emphasized that all those responsible for them must be held accountable. I also told President Putin in no uncertain terms that sanctions against Russia will remain and will continue to be intensified as long as there are people dying in Ukraine,” said the Austrian Chancellor, who reported that Putin accused Ukrainians of being responsible for the deaths in Bucha.

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