Ministry for Foreign Affairs rejects criticism

The fight against neo-Nazism, racism and the remembrance of the atrocities committed under NS-reign should not be used for propaganda in the Ukraine conflict

Vienna, 19 June 2015 - The Ministry for Foreign Affairs categorically rejects criticism of the united EU action concerning the Russian resolution at the UN. The EU has acted to the best of its knowledge and belief. The fight against neo-Nazism, racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and intolerance and especially the remembrance of the atrocities and crimes committed under NS-reign are too important as to be abused for political profiling. An abuse of this fight in connection with the Ukraine conflict, aiming at presenting the Ukrainian government in a certain light, calls for a united stance of all EU-states.

Therefore all EU member countries had in unison abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution against the glorification of Nazism and neo-Nazism, brought forth by Russia last December. The US, Canada and Ukraine voted against the Resolution. The EU even then explained her doubts about the honesty of the resolutions text: The goal of the fight against neo-Nazism would be abused by Russia in connection with the Ukraine crisis. Russia had moreover used the excuse of fighting against neo-Nazism for her annexation of Crimea thus violating international law and fundamental United Nations principles.

Austria and the EU always take a decisive stance against any form of glorification of National Socialism or neo-Nazism. Our commitment against racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and intolerance is a central pillar of the Austrian foreign policy. But in our responsibility to honestly uphold the memory of the victims of Nazism we speak in all clarity against utilising the meaning of their suffering for manoeuvres of foreign policy propaganda.