(ANSA) - MOSCOW, MARCH 14 - Austria's foreign minister, Karin Kneissl, met with Russian president Vladimir Putin during her recent visit to Moscow, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov announced today. ''Yes - said Peskov - I can confirm it. Putin received Mrs. Kneissl. They discussed and had an exchange of views on bilateral relations between Austria and Russia and briefly discussed many international political issues: regional conflicts, the general situation at a global level and relations between Russia and Europe''. On March 12, Kneissl met with the head of Russian diplomacy Serghiei Lavrov in Moscow. Minister Kneissl's visit to Russia was initially scheduled for December, but it was then postponed indefinitely after an Austrian colonel was accused of being a Kremlin spy. Kneissl sparked a row last summer for having Putin as a guest of honor at her wedding in Austria, in the Styrian vineyards. (ANSA).

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