Former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl shared his experiences with the world at the wedding ceremony held in August 2018, and called the wedding attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin a “festival “.
The photographs of Karin Kneissl dancing with Putin at the wedding, which drew a lot of reaction and graced every newspaper headline at the time, became the most discussed event on the political agenda of the period.
After dancing with Putin, Kneissl bowed and became the target of criticism with the gesture. Kneissl, who didn’t leave those reviews unanswered, said: “If you went to the ball, you saw it was finally done. The Russian leader bowed to me, then I bowed to him, “he defended. Minister Kneissl also stressed that he was a person who would not bow to anyone except for this gesture. that he did as a label requirement.
Almost three years after this much-discussed event, an interesting development has taken place. Former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl has been elected to the board of directors of Russian oil giant Rosneft.
Kneissl became a columnist for the Russian website Russia Today (www.rt.com) in 2020, after his term as minister ended in 2019 and his departure from government. After this writing post, Kneissl announced that he joined the company at the annual general meeting of Rosneft, which he appointed in March 2021.
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While Kneissl used the phrase “I will act as an independent manager of the company” in his statement, he now works as a member of the company’s board of directors, according to reports in The Guardian. .
At this time, the amount of salary that Kneissl will receive from the company has not been announced. On the other hand, Gerhard Schröder, the former Chancellor of Germany, whose friendship with Putin was remarkable during his tenure, also followed the same path.
Schroeder has been a member of the board of directors and chairman of Rosneft for almost four years. According to information provided by the company, the former prime minister receives an annual salary of 600 thousand dollars. It is a known fact that Schröder is a supporter of the Nord Stream gas pipeline (gas transmission line between Germany and Russia). Shortly after the dismissal of the former chancellor, he also headed the shareholders’ committee of Gazprom. Since then, Schroeder has held several key positions at Gazprom and Rosneft.
Kneissl, 56, who experienced an eventful divorce shortly after her eventful marriage and accused his ex-wife of inflicting violence on him, is known for his anti-EU views. In his first column in Russia Today, Kneissl drew a reaction from Europe, writing that economic activity would take place in Africa and China rather than Europe, which is teeming with “industrial cemeteries.”