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Guterres requests to meet the presidents of Russia and Ukraine in their countries

Guterres requests to meet the presidents of Russia and Ukraine in their countries
In this image taken from UNTV video, United Nation Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Ukraine to deplore Russia's actions toward the country and plead for diplomacy, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, at U.N. headquarters. (UNTV via AP)

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, requested to arrange visits for him to Moscow and Kiev to meet with the two presidents, Russian Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

This came in two separate messages sent by the Secretary-General to the missions of Russia and Ukraine to the international organization, according to his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, during a press conference held today, Wednesday.

“Yesterday afternoon, two separate letters were delivered to the Permanent Missions of the Russian Federation and Ukraine here in New York,” the UN spokesperson said.

And he added, “In these two letters, the Secretary-General asked President Vladimir Putin to receive him in Moscow and President Zelenskyy to receive him in Kyiv.”

He continued, “The Secretary-General believes that the current time is very risky, and therefore he would like to discuss urgent steps to achieve peace in Ukraine and the future of the multilateral system on the basis of the United Nations Charter and international law.”

“Both Ukraine and the Russian Federation are founding members of the United Nations and have always been strong supporters of this organization,” the spokesperson noted.

“The Secretary-General has not yet received a response to his letters, either from the Russian or Ukrainian side,” Dujarric said.

And on February 24, Russia launched an attack on Ukraine, followed by international rejection and severe economic sanctions against Moscow, which stipulate to end its operation that Kyiv abandon plans to join military entities and remain neutral, which the latter considers an “interference” in its sovereignty.