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Anthony Albanese flies to NATO summit in Europe as he talks loudly to China and Russia

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Australia has been invited to a global security summit aimed at uniting nations against countries challenging the international rule of law amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and fears of escalating aggression in the Indo-Pacific.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will attend NATO’s summit in Spain next week, before flying to France to mend relations with French President Emmanuel Macron.

He will join the leaders of Japan, South Korea and New Zealand for their advice on building an Indo-Pacific focus for NATO, in addition to countering Russia.

Before leaving, he told reporters that Russia’s alliance with China has implications for the Indo-Pacific and democracies around the world.

Mr Albanese hopes to restore Australia’s relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron after the torpedoed $90 billion submarine deal (pictured getting on the plane with partner Jodie Haydon)

Before leaving, Mr. Albanian told reporters that Russia's alliance with China has implications for the Indo-Pacific and democracies around the world.  Pictured: Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, poses for photos with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on February 4, 2022

Before leaving, Mr. Albanian told reporters that Russia’s alliance with China has implications for the Indo-Pacific and democracies around the world. Pictured: Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, poses for photos with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on February 4, 2022

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has the standards we considered that the rule of law would be upheld, the borders of sovereign nations respected, and that we would not see the kind of brutal invasion that we have seen from Russia in Ukraine.” ‘ he said.

“Russia and China, their agreements and proximity that has taken place in recent times means that it is also very important for our region.

“The people of Ukraine are doing the democratic world a tremendous service. But it is important that the democratic nation stands behind Ukraine. That is the context of this NATO summit.’

In Madrid, Mr Albanese will meet his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez, and on the sidelines with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Mr. Albanese will also meet with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and make a speech to the OECD Council.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) and his partner Jodie Haydon (left) arrive at Sydney airport to board a plane bound for Europe for a NATO leadership summit

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (right) and his partner Jodie Haydon (left) arrive at Sydney airport to board a plane bound for Europe for a NATO leadership summit

“Australia has been unequivocal in its support for Ukraine and its condemnation of President Putin,” said Mr Albanian.

‘We will continue to stand up for freedom and democracy.’

Mr Albanese said he would be “honoured” to accept an invitation to Paris.

“France is an important partner and friend of Australia, especially in our shared vision of peace and stability in the Pacific,” he said.

Relations with France soured after former Prime Minister Scott Morrison scrapped a $90 billion submarine deal.

Albanian has been invited by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to visit the war-torn country, but has not confirmed whether he will come after the NATO summit.

Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles said it is important to get relations with France back on track as it is a “Pacific country in terms of their Pacific territories.”

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron (pictured) arrive at the G7 summit welcoming ceremony at Elmau Castle in Kruen, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron (pictured) arrive at the G7 summit welcoming ceremony at Elmau Castle in Kruen, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has urged the prime minister to seriously consider a possible visit to Ukraine.

“We have formed a special bond with Ukraine. President Zelenskiy is one of the great heroes of the century and he has inspired not only his people but also the rest of the world,” said Dutton.

“I hope we can visit in due course and if the Prime Minister can visit, if that’s the security advice he’s been given, that it’s safe for him and for his delegation to visit, then I think it’s completely appropriate that he does. †

Australia recently agreed to pay French company Naval Group about $830 million in a settlement over the wrecked submarine deal.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and girlfriend Jodie Haydon arrive at the tarmac to board a flight to Europe (pictured)

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and girlfriend Jodie Haydon arrive at the tarmac to board a flight to Europe (pictured)

Dutton welcomed the Prime Minister’s trip to France, calling it “a good move.”

“The previous government made a decision that was in our national security interests, on all the advice we had,” he said.

“The submarine the French supplied would not provide the security and defense we needed.

“So I make no apologies for the decision we made to go with the nuclear submarines under the AUKUS deal, because it will be the foundation of security in our country for the next four or five decades.”

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