"Following generally the track of the EU's policy on Ukraine, Austria, however, is among the opponents of the long-term confrontation with Russia and increasing sanctions pressure. Many Austrian politicians, public figures and the vast majority of businesses share this stance. Banking structure, industrial sector, service industries and tourism are not going to fold up their businesses in Russia and do not conceal interest in a speedy normalization of relations between Russia and the EU", a statement posted on the ministry's website said.
Earlier, Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said that Vienna did not support the extension of economic sanctions against Russia.
The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that "relations between Russia and Austria are developing in a positive manner, characterized by mutual trust, stability and absence of serious problems."