After his harsh criticism of billion-dollar Austrian gas payments to Russia European Union Commission Distanced himself from his representative in Vienna, Martin Selmayr. “The Commission distances itself from the regrettable and inappropriate statements made by the head of the representative office in Austria,” Dana Spinent, the EU authority’s deputy chief spokesperson, said in a statement Thursday.
According to the statement, the Commission asked Selmayr to “immediately report the incident to Brussels.” European Union CommissionAhead.
The EU Commission representative was previously summoned to the Austrian Foreign Office because of his statements. A spokesman for Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) said, “Mr. Selmayr was summoned to the Foreign Ministry for talks with the Secretary General.” Selmayr described Austria’s payment as “blood money” (eXXpress reports).