Back in 2018, former Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to her wedding.
A photograph of her dancing with Putin became viral, and she got quite a bit of flack from the Austrian government for even inviting “the evil overlord” to her special event.
Kneissl, 56, left the Austrian government in 2019. She is linked to the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ).
Kneissl has written several books on energy, geopolitics and the Middle East. Her website notes that she graduated in law and Arabic from Vienna University.
She was a diplomat in the 1990s and has written articles on the Middle East and energy for Russian state broadcaster RT and other publications.
She was picked as foreign minister by the FPÖ, which was a coalition partner in the government at the time.
Now, it would appear that she had been planning ahead. After leaving government, and being part of the anti-Russian hysteria while she was at the Foreign Ministry’s helm, the time for change has come.
Karin Kneissl has been nominated for the Russian state oil giant Rosneft’s board of directors.
Another “friend of Putin” – former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder – heads the board.
Back in 2018, when the wedding took place, Kneissl married entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger, 54, at a ceremony in the small town of Gamlitz, near Austria’s border with Slovenia.
Putin arrived with a rich flower bouquet, and a troupe of Cossack singers.
The Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told Russian media that he also presented the newlyweds with a painting of village life, an antique oil press and a samovar, an urn used to prepare tea in Russia.
Putin gave a speech in German and toasted the bride and groom, Peskov added.
This is yet another example that when necessary, anti-Russian hysteria can be fueled and propagated by EU officials.
At the same time, when its suitable, that course of action is abandoned, and they are more than prepared to join forces, if there is large profit to be made.
The Rosneft CEO is Igor Sechin, a man dubbed a close friend and ally of Putin.
The deputy to Gerhard Schröder on the Rosneft board is a fellow German, banker Matthias Warnig, who has long had management posts in Russian state companies.
Schröder chairs the Nord Stream 2 Shareholders’ Committee.
Warnig is also CEO of Nord Stream 2, the giant pipeline consortium aiming to boost Russian gas supplies to Germany. Poland is among several EU nations opposed to the project.
A Swiss banker, Hans-Jörg Rudloff, is also on the Rosneft board, along with several top Russian executives.
No hypocrisy here.
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