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UN Chief Antonio Guterres To Visit Russia: Will Meet President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will visit Moscow next week and be received by Russian President Vladimir Putin, two months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres AP

Exactly two months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will visit Moscow next week and be received by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Antonio Guterres will visit Moscow on Tuesday, where he will meet President Vladimir Putin, following his February invasion of Ukraine, said Eri Kaneko, associate spokesperson for the UN chief. Earlier this week, Guterres had written to Putin and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to receive him in Moscow and Kyiv "to discuss urgent steps to bring about peace in Ukraine".

Guterres will visit Moscow on April 26, after Russia's February 24 invasion of Ukraine, the UN Spokesperson's office said on Friday. The UN chief "will have a working meeting and lunch with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Secretary-General will be received by President Vladimir Putin on April 26", it said.

On Wednesday, the UN chief's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric had told reporters that two separate letters were handed over to the Permanent Missions of the Russian Federation and Ukraine on Tuesday afternoon."In these letters, the Secretary-General asked President Vladimir Putin to receive him in Moscow and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to receive him in Kyiv. The UN chief has noted that both Ukraine and Russia are founding members of the United Nations and have always been strong supporters of the Organisation.

The Secretary-General said, at this time of great peril and consequence, he would like to discuss urgent steps to bring about peace in Ukraine and the future of multilateralism based on the Charter of the United Nations and international law," he said. The UN chief has noted that both Ukraine and Russia are founding members of the United Nations and have always been strong supporters of the Organisation.

(with inputs from PTI)

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