With regard to the Ukraine war, Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) wants to “continue to seek talks with all sides” and “despite all differences” also want to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Nehammer said this at the GLOBSEC security conference in Bratislava on Friday against the background of the impending famine as a result of the Russian aggression in Ukraine, which dealt with the far-reaching consequences of the conflict.
“The Russian war of aggression in Ukraine is having dramatic effects on Europe and the rest of the world,” said the Chancellor. “Ukraine deserves our full support and solidarity. At the same time, we must do everything we can to ensure that the hostilities end quickly and that peace negotiations take place, for example in the course of the Istanbul process”. It is “a need of the hour” to ensure global food security. “Millions of tons of Ukrainian wheat, corn and oilseeds are ready for export and need to be moved out of the country quickly to prevent famine in other parts of the world, particularly in Africa. Austria will continue to make its contribution,” promised Nehammer.
The Federal Chancellor underlined the Austrian position that with regard to a possible EU candidate status for Ukraine, the recommendation of the EU Commission must be awaited, intermediate steps and alternatives to accession discussed and rapid accession negotiations with the Western Balkan countries North Macedonia and Albania opened.
The Federal Chancellor also held bilateral talks in Bratislava with his host, Slovakian Prime Minister Eduard Heger, North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski and EU Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic. The GLOBSEC conference has been held in Bratislava since 2005 and is considered one of the leading European conferences on foreign and security policy issues.