The Secretary-General of the United Nations heads to Russia to meet Putin

According to a statement issued by the Office of the Spokesperson for the High Representative of the United Nations, the Russian President will receive Guterres and will also hold a working meeting with Lavrov.

The official United Nations news website notes that the minister will travel to Moscow on April 25 to discuss measures to “silence the guns” in Ukraine.

He adds that so far there is no information about a possible visit to how to speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

According to Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Eri Kaneko, Guterres is looking for ways to stop the fighting and wants to discuss with leaders what steps can be taken now to silence the guns, help people and allow the safe evacuation of civilians.

In response to a question about whether the Russian government has set any requirements for the meeting, Kaneko confirmed that there are no conditions.

And last Wednesday, it was reported that the Secretary-General of the United Nations sent letters to the Russian and Ukrainian missions to the multilateral organization requesting a meeting with the leaders of those countries.

Kaneko said that the United Nations has already confirmed the visit to Russia and is in contact with the Ukrainian authorities to prepare for a possible visit by the head of the United Nations.

Earlier this week, Guterres called for a four-day humanitarian truce in Ukraine, in order to open safe passages for the entry of aid and the evacuation of civilians.

And the title told the press accredited to the United Nations that this break is scheduled from April 21 to 24, coinciding with the Orthodox Christian day of Holy Week.

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He also deplored the suffering of Ukrainian civilians and called for all efforts to be made to avoid further suffering for these people.

The Portuguese diplomat said the Russians and Ukrainians should “silence the guns and open a path to safety for the many people in immediate danger”.

The humanitarian pause proposed by the United Nations will allow civilians to relocate from the confrontation areas and deliver more humanitarian support to places such as Mariupol, Donetsk, Lugansk and Kherson.

Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, after the authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics requested assistance in repelling the escalation of aggression from Kyiv.

Previously, Moscow recognized the independence and sovereignty of both territories and signed treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with their leaders, which included the establishment of diplomatic relations and military assistance.

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