Austria reacts to possible sanctions by Ukraine against a company building an opera house in the occupied Crimea
The Vienna prosecutor's office has decided not to investigate the involvement of the Austrian architectural firm Coop Himmelb (l) au in the construction of an opera house in Russian-occupied Sevastopol.
It was reported by Radio Svoboda with reference to the response from the Foreign Ministry.
According to the agency, the Federal Agency for State Protection and Counter-Terrorism (BVT) was tasked with investigating the activities of the bureau in the occupied Crimea. However, the Vienna Prosecutor's Office later opposed the launch of a preliminary investigation into the company's activities.
What is known
- Ukraine has begun the process of imposing sanctions on the Austrian architectural firm Coop Himmelb (l) au, as well as against its leadership through the construction of an opera house in Russian-occupied Sevastopol.
- Austria was commented on the participation of Austrian architects in the project of building an opera house in occupied Sevastopol.
- Austria has not filed a lawsuit against architects for a project in the occupied Crimea due to lack of suspicion of committing a crime.
- The Ambassador of Ukraine to Austria Oleksandr Shcherbak addressed the head of the architectural bureau Wolf Prix with a request not to ruin his reputation and to change his mind about participating in the construction of the opera, but he refused. The Ukrainian government is already considering imposing sanctions on architects.