Russia-Ukraine war: UN chief to meet Putin, hold peace discussion

The United Nations, UN, Secretary-General, António Guterres will meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Tuesday.

Guterres’ meeting aims to appeal for peace and urge Russia to end the war with Ukraine.

The move was disclosed by Guterres Associate Spokesperson, Ms Eri Kaneko, at a news conference on Friday in New York.

“The Secretary-General will visit Moscow on April 26th. He will have a working meeting and lunch with Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

“The Secretary-General will be received by President Vladimir Putin,” she said.

The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Guterres had on Wednesday written to leaders of Russia and Ukraine to request meetings with them.

The UN chief requested a meeting with them face-to-face in their respective capitals in effort to end the war in Ukraine.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, said that Guterres had asked the Russian President, Putin, to receive him in Moscow and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to receive him in Kyiv.

Dujarric said the letters were handed over to the countries’ UN Missions in New York on Tuesday.

“The secretary-general said he would like to discuss urgent steps to bring about peace in Ukraine and the future of multilateralism based on the Charter of the UN and international law.

“He noted that both Ukraine and the Russian Federation are founding members of the United Nations and have always been strong supporters of this Organisation,” he said.

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