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War in Ukraine: The UN Secretary-General first met with Putin and then with Zelenysky

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The UN Secretary-General first met with Putin and then with Zelenský

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UN chief Guterres intervenes in Ukrainian diplomacy on a large scale. After a meeting with the head of the Kremlin Putin in Moscow, he will also travel to President Zelenský to Ukraine next week. Will he be able to reach an armistice?

About two months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will visit Russia and Ukraine next week. Following Tuesday’s reception by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Guterres will travel to Ukraine and meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday, according to the United Nations on Friday (local time) in New York.

Working meetings with two foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov and Dmytr Kuleba are also planned. The UN chief has previously asked for meetings as a mediator in the fight for a ceasefire in the conflict.

Earlier, Guterres sent letters to UN missions in Russia and Ukraine and asked for meetings in the country’s capitals. “Fast track steps” must be taken to bring peace to Ukraine. The UN chief recently called for a ceasefire in the war in Ukraine. Initially, there was no information as to whether Guterres only traveled to Kiev or to other parts of the country.

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The United Nations initially did not want to portray the Secretary-General’s initiative as an official attempt at mediation. However, he watched the growing calls on the UN apparatus for Guterres to play a more active role in the conflict. Recently, a letter increased from former high-ranking UN staff. They called on Guterres to work harder for a political solution and to see the United Nations raison d’être in jeopardy. The trip to Moscow will probably be one of Guterres’ most important days as UN Secretary-General.

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Meanwhile, according to Moscow, Russia and Ukraine are having long talks over the phone. Russian negotiator Vladimir Medinsky confirmed on his Telegram channel that he had several long phone calls on Friday with the main Ukrainian negotiator, David Arakhamiyam. However, he did not provide any information about the content.