Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer flew to Moscow on Monday and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk and discuss the ongoing war in Ukraine. Nehammer reportedly confronted Putin about Russia’s alleged war crimes and called to end the war.

“This is not a friendly visit. I have just come from Ukraine and have seen with my own eyes the immeasurable suffering caused by the Russian war of aggression,” Nehammer was quoted saying.

“I mentioned the serious war crimes in Bucha and other locations and stressed that all those responsible have to be brought to justice,” he added.

The Austrian Chancellor is the first European leader to visit Putin after the latter began the invasion of Ukraine in February. His meeting with the Russian leader drew mixed opinions among the European Union, with some casting doubt on the effectiveness of having talks with Putin.

The meeting lasted for about 75 minutes at Putin’s official Novo-Ogaryovo residence just outside of Moscow. Nehammer described his conversation with the Russian president as “very direct, open, and tough.”

Before his trip to Moscow, Chancellor Karl Nehammer met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. Nehammer also made a stop in the city of Bucha, which was featured in recent headlines as dead and mutilated bodies of civilians were found on the streets after the Russians left the area.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv (Chancellor Karl Nehammer/Twitter)

“I addressed the serious war crimes in Bucha and other places and emphasized that all those responsible for them must be held accountable,” Nehammer said. “I also told President Putin in no uncertain terms that sanctions against Russia will remain in place and will continue to be tightened as long as people are dying in Ukraine.”

The Austrian Chancellor also brought up the need for humanitarian corridors that would allow much-needed supplies to reach civilians and provide a chance for non-combatants to flee the fighting.