Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, October 11, congratulated Alexander Schallenberg for taking oath as Austria's new Chancellor. President Putin expressed hope that the two sides will enhance the development of bilateral cooperation, the Kremlin said in a press statement.
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in Alexander Schallenberg as the new chancellor after the resignation of Sebastian Kurz over a corruption investigation.
While congratulating newly appointed Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, Putin mentioned that relations between the two sides have been 'constructive'. Furthermore, he expressed hope that they will further the development of bilateral cooperation in different areas that will benefit the two nations. The Russian President also expressed hope that as the head of the government, Schallenberg will work for the strengthening of security and stability in Europe.
Schallenberg was sworn in as the Austrian Chancellor two days after former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced his decision to step down from his post amid a corruption probe.
"Relations between Russia and Austria have traditionally been constructive. I hope your activities as the head of the government will promote the development of bilateral cooperation in different areas for the benefit of our nations and the strengthening of security and stability in Europe," the Kremlin quoted Russian President Putin as saying in his congratulatory message.
Congratulations to Alexander Schallenberg on his inauguration as the Federal Chancellor of Austria https://t.co/OJgSqPuuOW— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) October 11, 2021
Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Saturday, October 9, resigned from his post, amid the corruption probe. While announcing his decision of stepping down, Kurz denied the corruption allegations against him, insisting that they were "false", news agency AP reported.
Kurz added that they need stability and he has decided to step down to prevent chaos in the country. "What we need now is stability. That's why I want to step aside to help resolve this stalemate, prevent chaos and guarantee stability," ANI quoted the former Austrian chancellor as saying. Furthermore, Kurz revealed that he had recommended the name of Alexander Schallenberg to take over as the new head of government.
Kurz and his close aides have been accused of using public money to secure positive media coverage, using "manipulated polls and friendly reports."