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Ukrainian children to be handed over to Qatari diplomats in Moscow

October 16, 2023 • 12:45 p.m.

12:32 p.m.

Ukrainian children to be handed over to Qatari diplomats in Moscow

Three Ukrainian children taken to Russia are to be handed over to Qatari diplomats in Moscow this week, a Qatari official said Monday.

The release is part of a mechanism set up by Qatar to repatriate more children from Russia to Ukraine.

Qatar on Friday facilitated the return of another Ukrainian child, aged 7, who was reunited with his grandmother and is on his way to Ukraine via Estonia, the official said.

The other three children are a 2-year-old boy, a 9-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl.

kyiv has identified 20,000 children taken to Russia or Russian-controlled territory without the consent of their families or guardians.

11:54 a.m.

Venezuelan president to visit Moscow for oil talks

Russia expects a visit from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as the two oil producers deepen cooperation and Russian companies seek to invest more in the South American country, the country’s oil sector official said on Monday. President Vladimir Putin.

Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world and Russia is the world’s second largest oil exporter. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Maduro’s visit would take place by the end of the year.

There was no immediate comment from Caracas.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak stressed the importance of Russian oil cooperation with Venezuela, one of the five founding members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

11:02 a.m.

Slovak coalition questions Ukrainian aid

Former Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and his SMER-SSD party will sign a coalition agreement on Monday to form a new government with the center-left HLAS party and the nationalist SNS party, SMER said.

Mr. Fico, a three-time prime minister, won the September 30 election by pledging to suspend military aid to Ukraine and criticizing sanctions against Russia.

He reached a deal with coalition parties last week and is expected to lead a new government. The coalition agreement was due to be signed at 11 a.m. GMT.

The parties are seeking to establish an administration before the European Union summit on October 26-27 at which Ukraine will be high on the agenda.

10:11 a.m.

Russia suspends all imports of Japanese seafood

Russia followed its ally China on Monday in suspending all Japanese seafood imports due to Tokyo’s discharge of wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Japan has sharply criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while Tokyo’s relations with Beijing – which have deepened ties with Moscow – have deteriorated.

Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s agricultural regulator, said it “joins China’s temporary restrictive measures on the import of fish and seafood from Japan effective October 16 2023” as a “precautionary measure”.

It said the restrictions would remain in place “until comprehensive information necessary to confirm the safety of seafood… is available”.

9:52 a.m.

Moscow: Russia’s withdrawal from nuclear treaty does not mean it will carry out tests

A Russian Foreign Ministry official said Moscow’s planned withdrawal of its ratification of the global treaty banning nuclear tests does not mean Russia intends to carry out such a test, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported Monday. TASS press.

The lower house of Russia’s parliament, or State Duma, is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill to deratify the treaty.

9:26 a.m.

Sergei Lavrov to visit North Korea

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit North Korea on Wednesday and Thursday this week, North Korean state media KCNA and the Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

Lavrov’s visit comes a month after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a rare trip to Russia during which he and President Vladimir Putin discussed military cooperation, including on North Korea’s satellite program and the war in Ukraine.

Growing diplomatic exchanges between the two countries have stoked concerns that they could strengthen Russia’s military in Ukraine while North Korea obtains missile technology banned by U.N. resolutions.

8:37 a.m.

The war in pictures

A man stands atop a tank at a display of captured Ukrainian military equipment in Luhansk, Russian-controlled Ukraine.

Credit: Alexander Ermoshenko/Reuters

A Ukrainian soldier observes a position near a front line in Donetsk

Credit: Stringer/Reuters

Mariana Pochtar is exhibiting at Hostomel a Voodoo Orcs voodoo doll bearing the letter Z, the popular symbol of Russian troops in Ukraine.

Credit: Gaëlle Girbes/Getty Images Europe

8:11 a.m.

Russia, China discuss worsening Middle East conflict

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the worsening conflict in the Middle East with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing, Russian news agency TASS reported on Monday.

During the bilateral talks, Lavrov and Wang Yi also discussed the military conflict in Ukraine and its resolution through “political and diplomatic methods”, TASS reported.

It comes ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China this week to meet Xi Jinping, the Kremlin leader’s first trip outside the former Soviet Union this year.

7:32 a.m.

Russia launches missile, drone strike in night attack

Russia launched five missiles and 12 kamikaze drones at Ukraine in an overnight attack, the Ukrainian Air Force said Monday.

The air force said the missiles, of which it shot down two, were aimed at the northern and eastern regions, while the drones, of which 11 were shot down, were launched in several directions, with one special focus on western Ukraine.

The governor of the eastern Poltava region, Filip Pronin, said the region had been attacked by drones and missiles and that three civilians had been hospitalized.

“Fortunately, no civil or critical infrastructure was affected. However, missile fragments damaged several private homes,” he wrote on Telegram messaging.


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