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Russian President Vladimir Putin danced with Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding in the town of Gamlitz on Saturday.
Putin brought a troupe of Cossack singers to serenade Kneissl and her new husband, entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger.
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The Russian president's attendance at the wedding was heavily criticized, as the EU has been at odds with Moscow recently, especially over the annexation of the Crimea.
VIENNA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm in arm with Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West's stance against Moscow.
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Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack singers booked to serenade the newlyweds - on a stopover on his way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Berlin.
Photographs showed Kneissl, 53, smiling in a long white and cream "dirndl" dress and talking to Putin as they danced in a vineyard in southern Styria province, the venue of her wedding to entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger.
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The invitation surprised many in Vienna and Moscow, particularly at a time when the European Union is at odds with Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and other issues.
There have been no reports that Kneissl - a polyglot Middle East expert without political affiliation - has a particularly close friendship with Putin. But...
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