The speaker: trade and economic relations between Russia and Austria must be maintained in all conditions


MOSCOW, February 3. Relations between Russia and Austria going through hard times, but we need to support trade and economic relations in any circumstances. This was stated by the Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev at a meeting with Vice Chancellor, Federal Minister of science, research and economy of Austria Reinhold Mitterlehner.

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“Our trade and economic relations are not the best of times, but it is a story that the good times will never be, the times are always difficult. Need to work to achieve success in any circumstances. And those who work in the market know what to make and on the climbs and on the downs,” said the Russian Minister.

According to the speaker, the history of relations between the two countries is the history of not only trade and investment but also science, technology, history of cultural exchanges, culture. “We try as we can to contribute to the Treasury of our heritage”, he added.

The head of the Ministry of economic development noted that yesterday there was a meeting of the intergovernmental Commission of Russia and Austria. “This is a landmark event. Break between past and present meetings has been delayed. But, fortunately, both sides have shown enough goodwill and found a solution to the problems”, he said and expressed hope that the discussions will give good result for trade and economic development.

Of sanctions and countersanctions

Mitterlehner in conversation with the Russian Minister raised the issue of EU sanctions and the countersanctions of the Russian Federation. “The solution has led to the restriction of bilateral relations. Decisions were taken not at our level. We want to take action yet against such relations, and therefore I am very pleased that yesterday the intergovernmental Commission and had good results”, – noted the Vice-Chancellor.