Russia-Ukraine live: Xi arrives in Moscow for state visit
- Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Moscow for a state visit, in a show of support for an increasingly isolated Russia.
- Xi and to Russia’s Vladimir Putin published separate articles on Monday; Xi said China’s proposal to end the Ukraine crisis reflects global views as Putin said he had high hopes for the visit by his “good old friend”.
China’s Xi arrives in Moscow
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow and said his first state visit to Russia since the Ukraine war would give “new momentum” to bilateral ties.
“I am confident the visit will be fruitful and give new momentum to the healthy and stable development of Chinese-Russian relations,” he told journalists, including from Russian state media, on the runway of a Moscow airport, describing Russia and China as “good neighbours” and “reliable partners”.
‘We need to help Ukraine’: French foreign minister
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said Ukraine needed to be helped immediately, as EU foreign ministers gathered to debate arms supplies for Kyiv in its fight against Russia.
“We need to help Ukraine quickly and straight away,” Colonna said in Brussels.
EU official pushes for joint procurement deal
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said he hoped for a deal on the joint procurement of ammunition for Ukraine at a meeting of the bloc’s foreign and defence ministers in Brussels.
“Together, foreign affairs and defence (ministers) will, I hope, finish the agreement on providing ammunition to Ukraine,” he told reporters ahead of the talks.
Without a deal, the EU will find itself in difficulties to keep on supplying arms to Kyiv, Borrell warned.
ICC decision a sign of the ‘clear hostility’ against Russia: Kremlin
The Kremlin said that the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to issue an arrest warrant for Putin was a sign of the “clear hostility” that exists against Russia and against Putin personally.
But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia was reacting “calmly” and was continuing its work.
“We are witnessing such a number of clearly hostile displays against our country and against our president,” Peskov said at a regular news briefing.
“We note them, but if we took every one to heart, nothing good would come of it. Therefore we look at this calmly, note everything attentively and continue to work.”
Russia is not a signatory to the Rome Statute, meaning the warrant has no legal force in the country.However, the move could affect Putin’s travel to any of the 123 countries that do recognise the ICC’s jurisdiction.
Russian court freezes Volkswagen assets
A Russian court froze all Volkswagen assets in Russia, court documents seen by the Reuters news agency showed.
Volkswagen was one of many foreign carmakers that suspended operations in Russia after the West imposed sanctions on Moscow.
Russian auto manufacturer GAZ, which was contracted to produce Volkswagen vehicles at its factory in Nizhny Novgorod, sued the German carmaker for breach of contract after Volkswagen terminated the agreement in August.GAZ estimated its losses from the terminated contract at almost 16bn roubles ($208m).
US supplying arms to Ukraine, not China, says Foreign Ministry
China’s foreign ministry said that it was the United States, not the Chinese, who were supplying weapons to the Ukrainian battlefield.
Spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a news briefing in response to a question regarding US sources saying that Chinese ammunition has been used in Ukraine and fired by Russia.
Putin to provide ‘clarifications’ to Xi over Ukraine invasion
The Kremlin said that Putin would provide Chinese President Xi Jinping with “clarifications” on Russia’s point of view on the conflict during Xi’s state visit to Russia, which begins on Monday.
During a call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the two leaders would discuss China’s peace plan.
Xi also said on Monday that said Beijing’s proposal on how to reach an agreement in Ukraine reflects global views and serves to neutralise the consequences of the crisis, but acknowledged it might not be easy.“Complex problems do not have simple solutions,” Xi wrote in an article in the Russian daily newspaper, Rossiiskaya Gazeta.
China’s Xi heads to Moscow as Putin defies ICC arrest warrant
Chinese leader Xi Jinping is due to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow in a political boost after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued him with an arrest warrant.
Xi’s government gave no details of what the Chinese leader hoped to accomplish in his visit that starts Monday.
Xi and Putin declared they had a “no-limits friendship” before the February 2022 attack on Ukraine, but China has tried to portray itself as neutral in the conflict and as a possible mediator to end the conflict.