NATO down on Russia, Albanese up on France
Speaking of NATO… The leaders’ summit has ended in Spain with members branding Russia as the biggest “direct threat” to Western security. But someone who says he’s interested in peace is Indonesian President Joko Widodo – he’s passed a note from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Russia’s Vladimir Putin in a meeting overnight. No, we’re not in Year 9 English – Widodo’s met both men this week and says he could help broker a peace ahead of the G7 meeting in Bali in November. Meanwhile, PM Albanese has moved on from Madrid to Paris. He’s not there to take a romantic spin around the City of Lights – at least not with partner Jodie Haydon – but he could be on the market for a bromance with French President Emmanuel Macron… He extended the invitation after the unpleasantness of the breakdown in relations with the Morrison Government over the broken submarines contract. One sign things are back on track – negotiations for a free trade agreement with the European Union will recommence.
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