Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has met his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg, in Vienna, Austria. Austria’s diplomat noted that ties between Russia and the EU have hit historic lows and warned that both sides need to urgently work on forming a partnership, RT reports.
On August 25, the Austrian Foreign Minister expressed his concern about the deplorable state of bilateral relations. He stressed how painful it is “to realize that relations between the EU and Russia have hit their worst point”. Schallenberg added, the gap between the West and the East has deepened more and more recently, and this “cannot be and should not be in our interests”. The Austrian diplomat also noted that even though Vienna has major differences with Moscow over particular issues, “Russia is a part of the reality of Europe and will continue to be, so a rapprochement with the EU should be a key priority”.
During the meeting with Sergey Lavrov, Schallenberg insisted that the international community must work together and “do everything possible to prevent Afghanistan from becoming an incubator of international terrorism again”. Schallenberg also said it is necessary to work on strengthening stability and prevent “a huge wave of migration while helping the Afghans.