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Putin, Nehammer discuss Ukraine over phone

Published : 28 May 2022, 00:43

  DF News Desk

A combine photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer. File Photo: Dragan Tatic/BKA/Handout via Xinhua.

During a 45-minute phone discussion with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday gave assurances to continue supplying natural gas to Austria, reported Xinhua, quoting Austrian news agency APA.

Putin said during the phone call that Russia was ready to allow Ukrainian grain exports via seaports, as well as to discuss a prisoner swap with Ukraine more closely, Nehammer was quoted as saying.

Putin also assured that the International Red Cross would be given access to the prisoners of war, Nehammer said.

He emphasized that Austria was pursuing an "active policy of neutrality."