Politicians Talk

Politicians Talk – Monday 20/06/2022

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AUSTRALIA

Richard Marles – Deputy PM and Defence Minister

Australia’s deputy prime minister and defence minister Richard Marles on Monday embarked on a four-day visit to India, marking the first high-level visit carried out by government officials since the new government was formed last month. “Australia and India are Comprehensive Strategic Partners. I am committed to strengthening Australia’s defense and security cooperation with India,” noted Marles.

GERMANY

Annalena Baerbock – Foreign Minister

Baerbock told reporters in Luxembourg on Monday that Germany is currently working with Poland and Romania in order to release the grain, stuck in Ukraine due to Russia’s sea blockade, via railways. “The railway tracks need to be modernized, we need the right cargo wagons. The German government is working on this with many other actors,” she underlined.

UK

Simon Clarke – Chief Secretary to the United Kingdom Treasury

Clarke told the Times Radio on Monday that the government does not expect a recession. The British economy has “considerable underlying strengths” despite “very significant challenges” globally. Earlier, the official told Sky News that the pay in the public sector will not be increased over inflation levels as the inflation issue could “either intensify or prolong itself.”