Europe’s position on anti-Russian sanctions finds no understanding among most of the nations of the world, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Monday.

“This is among the central issues we will be concerned with this year. The majority of countries do not share Europe’s point of view. <…> We in Europe must be aware that Russia’s narrative has been successful in Africa. They say that the West is to blame for rising prices for oil, gas, and food worldwide due to the [anti-Russian] sanctions,” he commented in an interview with Austria’s Der Standard daily.

Austria’s Foreign Minister defends Raiffeisen Bank International’s involvement in Russia. Many international companies have remained in the country despite major announcements. He considers it fatal to break off all channels of dialogue with Moscow.

While the EU, USA and other Western industrialized countries are constantly tightening their sanctions against Russia, much of the rest of the world is not following their lead. Foreign ministers and heads of government of dozens countries are currently meeting in Doha for a UN conference on the situation of the world’s poorest countries. The Europeans, including Austria’s Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP), are also trying to promote their position in the Ukraine war.