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Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer in Brussels on Friday (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

Austria bankers still blocking EU sanctions on Russia

Austria is still "blackmailing" Ukraine using EU sanctions, the same way Hungary did — to protect a bank doing business in Russia.

When asked by press about Russia sanctions in Brussels on Friday (15 December), Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer said he "welcomed" the EU summit communiqué.

The EU "welcomes the adoption of the 12th package of sanctions" on Russia, the communiqué also said.

But the warm words gave a false impression, because Nehammer also imposed a last-minut...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer in Brussels on Friday (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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