Former Austrian chancellor leaves Lukoil job over Ukraine

Former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel waits to testify in a parliamentary inquiry hearing investigating political responsibilities leading to the fail of Hypo Alpe Adria bank in Vienna, Austria, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

BERLIN, March 4 (Reuters) - Former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel is stepping down from his position on the board of Russian energy giant Lukoil, the latest Western politician to distance himself from the Russian state after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

In a statement to Austrian news agency APA on Friday, Schuessel said that he had spent the last days of his two years on the company's board pushing it to adopt a resolution criticising the invasion, which crossed a red line for him.

"For me, someone who always advocated constructive ties between the European Union and Russia, the warlike attack on Ukraine, the brutal attacks on and bombardment of the civilian population have crossed a red line," he wrote.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt Editing by Paul Carrel

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