UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to meet Russian President Putin to discuss Ukraine crisis in Moscow today

UN chief will visit Moscow today for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a renewed bid to try to get him to agree to a pause or end to his two-month military action in Ukraine. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spokesperson said UN chief will later go to Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Thursday to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy because Guterres feels there is a concrete opportunity for progress.

En route to Moscow, Guterres met in Ankara with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has attempted, but failed so far, to mediate an end to the conflict.

Guterres spokesperson Farhan Haq said they will see what they can do, whether they can get a concrete improvement in the humanitarian situation whether they can get the fighting to stop for any period of time.

Mr. Guterres has made repeated calls for a humanitarian cease-fire or a brief pause in fighting but has been unsuccessful.

But Russia’s deputy UN ambassador said a humanitarian cease-fire is unnecessary.

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