Right-wing candidate for the presidency of Austria announced visit to Russia



The presidential candidate of the far-right Austrian freedom party (fpö) Norbert Hofer said that in case of victory in the elections on 4 December one of the first countries he will visit will be Russia. He said this in an interview with Österreich.

“I spoke with the Russian Ambassador, he asked me, I’d like to visit soon Moscow, and I said, “Yes, I would”. Also I was invited to China. But the first visit I’m going to apply to the Czech Republic, as made a promise to the President [of the Czech Republic Milos] Zeman”, — said the politician.

Hofer also expressed the view that the EU is “difficult phase”, so the exit from the EU any country puts its existence at risk. However, he noted that Austria will raise the referendum question on the refusal of EU membership only in the case of making it to Turkey or the entry into force of new agreements, depriving the authorities of the Parliament.

Austrian far-right leader also stressed that against the destruction of the EU. “I am in favour of the European Union changed, becoming closer to the citizens, not for destroying it”, — he assured.

November 24, the presidential candidate of Austria said that he would seek a referendum on the country’s withdrawal from the EU if Brussels will reinforce centralization after Brexit.

Re-election of the President of Austria is scheduled for December 4th after the country’s constitutional court annulled the results of the second round of elections, held on 22 may. Review of the results achieved by the Austrian freedom party alleging irregularities in the counting came in the mail ballots.

According to the results of voting in electoral precincts Hofer ahead of his opponent, former leader of the green Party, van der Bell. However, the next day was counted votes sent by mail (this method of voting allowed since 2007), which provided van der Bellino victory (a margin of 0.3 percent).

In case of victory Hofer could become the first head of state in the EU who hold extreme right-wing views.