Austria's Interior Minister Karner Refers to EU Entry Ban on Question of Asylum for Prigozhin

PeopleOther ♦ Published: June 26, 2023; 23:02 ♦ (Vindobona)

Austrian Interior Minister Gerhard Karner has stated that the head of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has no prospect of asylum in Austria. Initially, Karner spoke of a case-by-case examination to answer a related question but later specified via a spokesman that Prigozhin was on the EU sanctions list and therefore not allowed to enter the country.

Minister Gerhard Karner (r.) spoke on the sidelines of a meeting with his Slovak counterpart Ivan Šimko (l.) in Vienna, on the issue of asylum for Prigozhin. / Picture: © BMI/ Jürgen Makowecz

Yevgeny Prigozhin had protested against the Russian military leadership over the weekend and set his forces in motion toward Moscow. The armed uprising ended with an agreement that Prigozhin would retreat into exile in Belarus. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Prigozhin and the Wagner fighters would not be prosecuted. "In 24 hours, we have come to within 200 km of Moscow," Prigozhin…