United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has asked to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss “urgent steps” to end the fighting in Ukraine.
The request was made in a letter delivered to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. A separate request has been made to the Ukrainian Mission to the UN for the Secretary General to visit Kyiv.
“The Secretary-General said that at this time of great peril and consequences, he wanted to discuss urgent steps to bring peace to Ukraine and the future of multilateralism based on the Charter of the United Nations and international law,” he said. said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the secretary general, said in a statement.
“He noted that Ukraine and the Russian Federation are founding members of the United Nations and have always been strong supporters of this Organization.”
Guterres’ push for face-to-face diplomacy with Putin comes as the Russian leader has led an intensive and renewed assault on Ukraine’s eastern territory and surrounded Ukrainian forces in the southern port city of Mariupol warn they risk lose the city in a few hours.
US and European officials have described Putin as extremely isolated and deprived of accurate information about his military losses in Ukraine.
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer was the last Western leader to meet Putin face to face in Moscow on April 11. He told the media that the Russian president “believes he is winning the war”.
“[Putin] believes that war is necessary to guarantee the security of the Russian Federation. He doesn’t trust the international community, he blames the Ukrainians for the genocides in the Donbass region,” Nehammer told Meet the Press on NBC on Sunday.
“So he’s in his world now, but I think he knows what’s going on in Ukraine now.”
Russia has been condemned by other UN member states, with a majority of nations voting in the General Assembly to condemn Moscow as the instigator of the war and to suspend Russia’s participation in the Human Rights Council. man due to allegations of serious human rights violations.
Russia has a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and has used its veto power to reject efforts to hold it accountable for its invasion of Ukraine.