Euro international News : During a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister, the UN Secretary-General called for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the war in Ukraine. He spoke of the suffering that has befallen Ukraine and the world. Guterres will also hold talks with Vladimir Putin.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday (April 26th) that he wanted to “do everything possible” to end the “war and suffering of the people.”
He emphasized that the UN was working to find a way to a ceasefire and to end the war peacefully as soon as possible, adding that although the situation in Ukraine was “complex” and “there were different interpretations of what was happening there”, Conversation is possible.
Guttierez warned that the war, in addition to the plight in Ukraine, has affected food and energy prices around the world, and that efforts are needed to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. He will also meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The United Nations must play a stronger mediating role
Sergei Lavrov said during the meeting that many issues regarding Ukraine had “accumulated” that needed to be resolved, but that Russia also wanted to talk about the United Nations. Lavrov criticized that “there is a tendency in the West to create a unipolar world,” and Guterres replied that he was “openly in favor of a multipolar world.”
Two months after the start of the war in Ukraine, the United Nations is expected to play a greater role in mediating; Including creating safe routes for evacuating civilians from war zones and delivering humanitarian aid to these areas. One of these areas is the city of Mariupol and the Azov Steel Plant, which is under siege by Russian forces. According to Ukrainian sources, about 1,000 civilians, including women and children, are waiting to be evacuated.
The UN Secretary-General wants to travel to Ukraine via Poland after talks with Kremlin officials. He will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday, April 28.
A day before meeting with Guterres, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned in an interview with Russian television about the dangers of World War III. He accused Zelenskyy of “negotiating” and “having no good faith” in the matter.