Russian official: Gaza hospital attack is a criminal ‘act of dehumanisation’
Russia’s Foreign Ministry described a strike on a hospital in Gaza, in which hundreds of civilians were killed, as a dehumanizing crime, Reuters reported.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Russia “qualif[ies] such a felonious deed as a crime, as an act of dehumanization,” as she spoke to state-owned broadcaster Radio Sputnik.
At least 500 people were killed as a result of the Israeli strike on a hospital, AP reported.
Injured Palestinians taken to Al-Shifa Hospital after an Israeli airstrike on Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza City on Oct. 17, 2023.
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The World Health Organization called for an investigation into Russian attacks on Ukrainian health facilities in May 2022.
— Hannah Ward-Glenton
Xi praises China-Russia ties in Putin meeting
Chinese President Xi Jinping praised China-Russia relations in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, state news outlet Xinhua reported.
“The political mutual trust between the two countries [is] continuously deepening,” the article said.
“The two countries have maintained close and effective strategic coordination and bilateral trade volume has reached a historical high, which is progressing toward the goal of 200 billion U.S. dollars set by the two sides, Xi said.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin prepare for a group photo with other leaders at the third Belt and Road forum on Oct. 18, 2023, in Beijing.
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Xi greeted Putin as he arrived in Beijing Tuesday for China’s Belt and Road summit, before the Russian leader addressed a live audience Wednesday.
Speaking to 1,000 delegates representing over 130 countries, Putin said he agreed with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the Belt and Road idea “folds logically within multilateral efforts” to increase global cooperation.
— Hannah Ward-Glenton and Lee Ying Shan
Lethal airstrikes in Zaporizhzhia; Ukraine and Russia blame each other
At least two people were killed and two injured after an airstrike in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, according to reports from both sides.
Ukrainian officials blamed the Kremlin for the attack, while a Moscow-installed official in Russian-controlled parts of the city said Ukraine was responsible.
“Tonight, in the time period from 01:33 to 01:48, racist terrorist forces launched 6 rocket attacks on the territory of the city of Zaporizhia,” head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, Yuriy Malashko, wrote on Telegram, according to a Google translation.
Eight apartments were damaged as a result of the attack and most of the residents were evacuated.
“As a result of the clumsy actions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ air defense, a rocket hit an apartment building in the city center,” Russian official Vladimir Rogov said on Telegram, according to a Google translation.
CNBC was unable to independently verify the reports.
— Hannah Ward-Glenton
Russia and UAE to meet UN Security Council, Russia reports
The United Arab Emirates and Russia have called for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, a Russian official wrote on Telegram.
“Russia and the UAE requested an urgent open meeting of the UN Security Council on the morning of October 18 in connection with the attack on a hospital in Gaza,” said Russian deputy representative to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, as translated by NBC News.
Russian news outlets suggest the meeting will happen at 5 p.m. Moscow time, which is 3 p.m. in London.
Both nations have been hedged as possible peace brokers in the Israel-Hamas conflict, with the UAE having signed a peace deal with Israel in 2020 and Russia traditionally treading a fine diplomatic line between Israel and its allies in the Middle East.
— Hannah Ward-Glenton
Ukraine fires U.S.-supplied long-range ATACMS missiles: Zelenskyy
Ukraine fired long-range ATACMS missiles for the first time after they were delivered by the U.S., Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address Tuesday.
“Today, special thanks to the United States. Our agreements with President Biden are being implemented. They are executed very accurately, ATACMS have proven themselves,” he said, according to a Google translation of a transcript.
Ukrainian politician Oleksiy Goncharenko posted on social media: “ATACMS is already with us. The airfield in Berdyansk with enemy equipment was hit by them. Thanks to our partners!”
The Wall Street Journal reported the news earlier Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson told CNBC it was unable to confirm the reports.
Ukraine has repeatedly said ATACMS are important to advance its difficult counteroffensive in Russian-occupied areas. The missiles can strike targets from as far away as about 180 miles.
However, U.S. officials previously said the U.S. does not have a large stockpile of excess ATACMS, while some have expressed fears use of the weapons could escalate the conflict.
— Jenni Reid
Biden plans to request $100 billion in funding that would include money for Israel, Ukraine
President Joe Biden is planning to submit a request for $100 billion in supplemental funding to Congress in the coming days that would include money for Israel, Taiwan, Ukraine and U.S. border security, two people familiar with the discussions told NBC News.
One source said the details of the package have not been finalized and could still change. The president is expected to send his request to lawmakers by the end of this week after he returns from his Middle East trip.
— NBC News
Russia’s Putin upbeat on Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline to China
Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Mongolian counterpart Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh on Tuesday that he believed the Power of Siberia 2 pipeline project to bring Russian gas to China via Mongolia would move ahead at a “good pace”.
Russia has increased energy supplies to China, the world’s second-largest consumer of oil after the United States, as the west has imposed sweeping economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.
It already supplies natural gas to China via the Power of Siberia pipeline, and hopes to secure a major deal to bring another 50 billion cubic metres (bcm) a year via Power of Siberia 2. However, the talks have been long and painstaking as the key issues, such as the price of the gas, remain elusive.
“Everyone agrees with this project, all parties want to participate, want to work. It’s a matter of implementation. I think we will move at a good pace,” Putin told the Mongolian president in Beijing, where they were taking part in a conference on China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
The Kremlin has said it does not expect any oil or gas deals to be clinched during Putin’s visit and his meetings with Chinese leader Xi Jinping this week.
The Power of Siberia pipeline began supplying gas to China in late 2019.
It carried 10.5 bcm in 2021 and 15.5 bcm this year, and is due to supply 38 bcm a year by 2025, under a 30-year contract worth more than $400 billion.
Putin and Xi to discuss Israel-Hamas conflict, Kremlin spokesperson says
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will discuss the Israel-Hamas war during the former’s visit to Beijing, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, according to a Google-translated Telegram post by Tass news agency.
Peskov said Putin “has not yet come up with a peace initiative” on the conflict, and added that “Israel’s ground operation in the Gaza Strip is fraught with dire consequences.”
Russia’s ability to intervene in the conflict is complex, Tatiana Stanovaya, senior fellow at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center and the founder of analysis firm R.Politik, said in an analysis note Oct. 9.
“On the one hand, Moscow might draw on its history of intra-Palestinian mediation and its ties with Hamas to gain a foothold in any peace process. It also sees the importance of its growing relationships with Iran and Arab states,” she said.
Meanwhile, China said Israel’s actions have “gone beyond self-defense” and that it “should heed the call of the international community and the Secretary-General of the United Nations to stop its collective punishment of the people in Gaza.”
— Hannah Ward-Glenton and Holly Ellyatt