7 Aug 2023

Europe: China in talks on Ukraine, as battle creeps closer to Russia

From Nine To Noon, 9:45 am on 7 August 2023

Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney joins Susie to look at talks aimed at finding a path toward peace in Ukraine that have taken place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with the surprise inclusion of China.

The weekend closed-door meet did not include Russia however, which had labelled them "futile".

Meanwhile the war is creeping closer to Russia, with number of daring attacks inside the country - including Moscow's second-largest airport being forced to suspend flights due to an attempted drone attack.

And Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has had another 19 years added to his jail sentence, while controversial social media influencer Andrew Tate has been freed from house arrest in Romania.

A view of a damaged office block of the Moscow International Business Center (Moskva City) following a reported drone attack in Moscow on July 30, 2023. Three Ukrainian drones were downed over Moscow early on July 30, 2023, Russia's defence ministry said, in an attack that briefly shut an international airport. While one of the drones was shot down on the city's outskirts, two others were "suppressed by electronic warfare" and smashed into an office complex. No one was injured. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)

Drone strikes within Russia have been increasing over the past week, as weekend talks were held in Saudi Arabia aimed at ending the conflict. Photo: ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP