Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on the publication of the German publication Wiener Zeitung, which states that support for Vladimir Putin among the inhabitants of Germany and Austria remained high after the start of the special operation in Ukraine. At the same time, the Kremlin has not yet observed any positive changes in the attitude towards Russia on the part of German and Austrian politicians, Mr. Peskov noted.
“No, we do not see such changes, unfortunately, but we hope that sooner or later they will come,” Dmitry Peskov said during a press call, answering the question whether the Kremlin sees such changes on the part of the political leadership of these countries .
At the same time, he expressed the hope that “the electorate of Western countries will persuade their authorities to show greater political wisdom in relation to Russia.” “We hope that sooner or later they (changes. — “b”) will come. Among other things, they will come due to the fact that the voters themselves will recommend certain adjustments in relation to our country and recommend more political wisdom to those whom they elect,” Peskov added.
Wiener Zeitung columnist Gerhard Lechner in his article wrotethat the Russian president enjoys high prestige among the right-wing parties of Germany because of his anti-NATO rhetoric. The article notes that the unanimity in support of Kyiv in Germany and Austria is deceptive. “Rising inflation, looming gas shortages and dire prices are causing enthusiasm for Ukraine to dwindle,” the article says.
In Austria, on October 9, presidential elections will be held. Incumbent President Alexander Van der Bellen announced on May 22 his intention to participate in the upcoming elections.