Vladimir Putin on PR Campaign in Austria

PeoplePoliticians ♦ Published: June 5, 2018; 18:01 ♦ (Vindobona)

Vladimir Putin is on his sixth official state visit to Austria. Officially, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the gas supply contract between Austria and Russia, this is a working visit to President Van der Bellen and Chancellor Kurz. In fact, a new gas supply contract between Gazprom and OMV is the main reason for the visit. Other gas deals are still in the negotiation phase, namely the Gazprom Urengoy gas field asset swap and the Nordstream 2 pipeline project. The Central European Gas Hub in Baumgarten/Lower Austria, an important gas distribution hub from the Russian perspective, could also be on the agenda.

Official working visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the premises of Van der Bellen / Picture: © www.bundespraesident.at / Peter Lechner / HBF

Putin's first visit to an EU country after his re-election in March marks the 50th anniversary of the gas supply contracts between Austria and the Soviet Union signed on 1 June 1968.

On the previous day Putin had already propagated Europe-wide via ORF taking advantage of the upcoming Austrian EU Council Presidency. 

In addition, an agreement on the broad-gauge…