VIENNA, November 30. /TASS/. A book on the history of Russian-Austrian relations, headlined ‘Why we do not understand Russians,’ was unveiled at the Russian House in Vienna on Tuesday night.
"The Russian House <…> hosted a presentation of a freshly printed book, headlined ‘Why we do not understand Russians,’ which is unusual for the current time," Russian Ambassador to Austria Dmitry Lyublinsky said on his page in Facebook (a social media website banned in Russia since it is owned by Meta corporation deemed extremist by Russian authorities).
He said the book’s authors, Martin Reiter and Norbert Holzl, joined the presentation via a video linkup.
The ambassador added that the book "offers an informative journey to key milestones in the history of Rusisan-Austrian relations." At the same time, it also reflects multiple aspects of ties that Russians have with Austria.
"Bilateral ties were not created only in palaces or diplomatic salons," he went on. "These human ties are not easy to sever."
"In my brief introductory remark, I also noted that the book’s headline - ‘Warum wir die Russen nicht verstehen’ - has no question mark, although this question remains extremely pertinent for Austria and present-day Europe. My answer can be boiled down to the following: it is impossible to understand Russians if you remain deaf to what they keep saying," the diplomat added.