Kneissl makes a career: first curtsies for Putin, now Rosneft post

Kneissl makes a career
First curtsey for Putin, now a Rosneft post

The fact that Vladimir Putin was the guest of honor at their wedding caused a lack of understanding in the summer of 2018. Now Austria’s former Foreign Minister Kneissl is making headlines again with her proximity to Russia. She reportedly has a position at Rosneft in prospect.

After her famous curtsey to Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin, the former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl is to get a position on the supervisory board of Russia’s oil company Rosneft. The Russian government has proposed Kneissl as an independent director at the state energy giant, the state agency Tass reported.

Germany’s ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder chairs the committee. Rosneft is led by Putin’s close confidante, Igor Sechin. Most recently, Kneissl had also hired the state media group RT as a writer. RT has been criticized as the Kremlin’s propaganda machine.

The 56-year-old politician invited Putin to her wedding in the summer of 2018 as the guest of honor courted by the right wing FPÖ. Putin’s invitation had caused irritation both nationally and internationally. After a dance, Kneissl curtseyed to the Russian President, which was widely noticed.

In retrospect, Kneissl defended her behavior against criticism. “The Russian President bowed beforehand, and I curtsied in response to this bow.” This was then assessed in the comments as an act of submission, as a knee-jerk. “And anyone who knows me knows that I will not submit to anyone,” she explained.

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