Lukašenka arrives in Austria on two-day visit

As the Belarusian leader stepped onto Austrian soil at Vienna International Airport, he was met by Elisabeth Udolf-Strobl, Austrian minister for digital and economic affairs, and Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makiej, as well as by Aliena Kupčyna, the Belarusian ambassador in Vienna, and Aloisia Worgetter, the Austrian ambassador to Belarus.

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Shortly after his arrival, Mr. Lukašenka laid a wreath at the Soviet War Memorial, which commemorates thousands of Soviet soldiers who were killed in action during the Vienna Offensive in World War II, according to the presidential press office. The ceremony was attended by, among others, Vienna-based ambassadors representing member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. “The head of state personally greeted each of the diplomats,” said the press office.

On November 12, the Belarusian leader is to have a meeting with Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and take part in delegation-level talks.

The sides will discuss further steps to develop trade, economic, investment and humanitarian cooperation, “which is already rather highly developed,” as well as political issues, including the situation in the region and the world, and the relationship between Belarus and the European Union, the presidential press office said last week.

While in Vienna, Mr. Lukašenka is also expected to meet with Wolfgang Sobotka, president of the National Council (Austria’s lower parliamentary house) and have a working dinner with Sebastian Kurz, chairman of the Austrian People’s Party who served as federal chancellor from December 2017 to May 2019.

The Austrian president’s office said last week that the subject of human rights would be raised at Mr. Van der Bellen’s meeting with Mr. Lukašenka.