Putin makes flying visit to Austrian foreign minister’s wedding

TOPSHOT – Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and Russian President Vladimir Putin dance during her wedding on August 18, 2018 in Gamlitz, Styria, Austria. (Photo by Roland SCHLAGER / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROLAND SCHLAGER/AFP/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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.

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