Lavrov in North Korea
31 May 2018 | 2:27 pm
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. Lavrov invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Russia as Moscow seeks to reassert its influence in the region.
Talking Europe interviews Rastislav Káčer, Slovakia's straight-talking minister for foreign and European affairs. Slovakia became the first NATO country to deliver warplanes to Ukraine, and Káčer discusses what difference that delivery could make, as well as Slovakia's plans to double its ammunition production.
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Talking Europe hosts Bujar Osmani, the foreign minister of North Macedonia, which launched EU accession talks nearly a year ago – although it has been in the EU’s waiting room for far longer than that. Currently a screening process of North Macedonia’s legislation is under way, and Osmani urges the opening of talks with the EU on key topics. He warns that North Macedonian society has become wary of “making concessions while there are no deliverables”.
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Russia's war in Ukraine dominated talks during German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock's trip to Pretoria this week. After months of tension, Germany and South Africa displayed a new willingness to fight polarization.
A German parliamentary inquiry is seeking "lessons from Afghanistan" after the two-decade mission that ended with a rapid Taliban return. Joschka Fischer said participating was crucial to Germany's place in NATO.
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Qin Gang has not been seen at any diplomatic events for over three weeks, just months after taking on the role. His mysterious absence has underlined the secrecy of Beijing’s top-level politics.
China has sacked Qin Gang as foreign minister and appointed his predecessor, Wang Yi, to the post. Qin has not been seen in public since June 25, triggering widespread speculation about his whereabouts.
The North Korean leader called for fresh drills and for weapons production to be ramped up. He also replaced a member of the military's top brass for reasons unknown.
On tonight's show we bring you an exclusive interview with Niger's exiled Foreign Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou, who maintained that the situation following the July 26 coup d'état was "reversible". Massaoudou condemned the putschists' announcement on Monday that they would prosecute ousted President Mohamed Bazoum for treason, saying the junta had "no legitimacy to try anyone".
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