Karin Kneissl - Ex-Foreign Minister Kneissl on the Rosneft Supervisory Board

After being nominated by the Russian government in March, the former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl was officially confirmed as a member of the supervisory board of the Rosneft oil company on Tuesday. The majority of the Russian state-owned corporation said this in a broadcast on Wednesday.

The Kneissl freestyle was carried out on Tuesday at the oil company's annual action meeting. While she is moving into the Rosneft supervisory board as an “independent director” for the first time, prominent previous members, including ex-German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin, were confirmed on the committee.

Kneissl and Kurz at the Economic Forum in St. Petersburg

In parallel to her supervisory board position, the Austrian is also doing other activities in Russia this week. In addition to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (APA), who will report to the central discussion of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg (SPIEF) via video conference on Friday, Kneissl will take part in a less prominent program item on integration issues in the Eurasian Economic Union. According to the draft program, however, she will not be sitting directly at the panel, but will only participate in the discussion from the front row.

As before her government function, the former politician was most recently active again as an author and publicist, especially for the Russian state medium Sputnik News Agency. During her time as a non-party foreign minister on an FPÖ ticket, in 2018 and 2019 she had repeated contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose visit to her wedding in Styria in summer 2018 also made international headlines. (apa)