Russia begins an operation to free 500 people stranded in ships by ice in the Sea of Okhotsk.
A cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing all eight passengers and crew onboard. The Russian embassy in Kinshasa says "preliminary information" indicates Russians were on the aircraft.
The United Nations Security Council rejected rival resolutions on Venezuela by the United States and Russia Thursday. Russia and China vetoed the U.S. call for new elections and the unhindered distribution of humanitarian aid, while Moscow's proposal for a political solution and reaffirmation of the government's role in soliciting assistance failed to gain sufficient support.
The foreign ministers of Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China and Iran agree to the creation of a Special Purpose Vehicle, a financial facility in the European Union, to facilitate payments and continue trade with Iran after the US withdrawal from the Iran deal.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is granted the power to assign blame for chemical attacks by its constituent countries. The move, proposed by the United Kingdom, received wide support, but was condemned by Russia.
Russia is reportedly constructing hundreds of buildings for military use on the disputed Kunashir and Iturup islands, also claimed by Japan, in the Sea of Okhotsk. The Russian Defence Ministry said the new military buildings would help “raise the combat readiness of troops on the eastern frontiers of Russia".