TASS, August 18. The cortege of Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in the village of Gamlitz in Austria where a wedding ceremony of Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and businessman Wolfgang Malinger will be held later on Saturday, internet channel OE24.TV reported.
The Russian President warmly greeted the bride giving her a beautiful bouquet of yellow and white flowers. He also brought along the Kuban Cossack Choir to entertain the guests. Earlier Austrian and German media reported referring to sources in diplomatic circles that the performance of the Cossack choir will be a wedding gift of the Russian President.
Earlier local media reported that Putin would arrive at the ceremony by helicopter from the airport of Graz, but the president preferred to go to the ceremony by car.
Other high-ranking officials who already arrived at the ceremony include Prime Minister Sebastian Kurtz, Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammed Barkindo.
Earlier on Saturday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reported on the arrival of the Russian president in Graz. Peskov also said that after the wedding ceremony, Putin will go to negotiations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Before the talks the two leaders are expected to make a joint statement for press outlining the main topics of the upcoming meeting.