Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and Russian President Vladimir Putin dance at her wedding.
(CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin was a guest at the Austrian foreign minister’s wedding on Saturday, in a move that opposition politicians say undermines the European Union’s position on Moscow.
Putin dropped in on Karin Kneissl’s wedding in a remote area of southern Austria, on his way to a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in neighboring Germany later that day.
The Russian president was pictured dancing with Kneissl, who was dressed in a traditional “dirndl” dress, in a vineyard in Styria province.
Putin arrived with a bouquet of flowers and even brought a Cossack choir with him to entertain the bride and her groom, the entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.