At a joint news conference following talks with Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made some remarks and answered questions from the media present, Foreign Ministry’s website reported.
Lavrov said: “Austria has been a major economic partner of Russia. Bilateral trade increased by 42.7% to nearly $6 bln last year while mutual investments continue to grow. The Joint Russian-Austrian Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation has resumed its full-scale meetings, as well as the Russian-Austrian Business Council.”
“We also discussed the implementation of our largest joint projects, including the extension of the broad-gauge railway line from the city of Kosice in Slovakia to Vienna. We highly praised our cooperation in the field of energy, where Gazprom and OMV have been working together to implement a number of infrastructure projects,” the Minister noted.