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12 March 201912:31

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl, Moscow, March 12, 2019

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Ms Minister, colleagues,

We are delighted to welcome you to Moscow.

Our meeting today is evidence of an intense political dialogue, including at the top level. Last year, President of Russia Vladimir Putin held several meetings with Federal President of the Republic of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen and Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Our ministers also meet very often, just as members of our parliaments, business community and civil societies.

Apart from discussing bilateral topics as well as regional and international matters today, we will sign a statement on the establishment of the Sochi Dialogue Public Forum. It was an Austrian initiative, which we wholeheartedly support.

We have a busy agenda. I look forward to our fruitful talks.

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