Putin dropped in on Karin Kneissl’s wedding ceremony in a distant space of southern Austria, on his option to a gathering with Chancellor Angela Merkel in neighboring Germany later that day.
The Russian president was pictured dancing with Kneissl, who was wearing a conventional “dirndl” gown, in a winery in Styria province.
Putin arrived with a bouquet of flowers and even introduced a Cossack choir with him to entertain the bride and her groom, the entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger, in keeping with Russian state-run information company TASS.
Invitation ‘symbolic and dangerous’
Added to this, was the expulsion of Russian diplomats from many EU nations earlier this yr. That transfer was a response to British allegations of Kremlin involvement within the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter within the English metropolis of Salisbury in March.
Joerg Leichtfried, from the opposition Social Democrats social gathering, criticized the overseas minister for inviting Putin, notably given Austria’s present presidency of the Council of the European Union.
International Minister Kneissl is just not recognized to have a very shut friendship with Putin, reported Reuters.
In an earlier model of this story we incorrectly said Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s political social gathering.