United Nations Secretary-Normal António Guterres claimed in a new interview that his assembly with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week was “very useful” as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stretches into its third month.
“I feel it was a extremely valuable assembly,” Guterres explained to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “First of all … it was probable to explain to President Putin the identical things I say in New York or I’ll be in a position to say below in Kyiv, which signifies that the Russian invasion is from the charter of the United Nations, is a violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and that this war should close as promptly as achievable.”
Guterres also stated that he arrived away from the meeting with Putin with an settlement “in principle” making it possible for Ukrainian civilians to evacuate a metal plant in Mariupol.
“Let’s be clear, President Putin agreed with me in theory that we would have — with the support of the U.N. and the guidance of the International Committee of the Pink Cross — the evacuation of those people civilians into the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities,” Guterres explained to Cooper.
“We have been working on the facts. At the existing minute they are currently being talked about in Moscow concerning the Ministry of Defense and our folks.”
Guterres arrived in Kyiv on Thursday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his effort to conclude the ongoing conflict amongst the two countries.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which commenced on Feb. 24, has killed 1000’s on both sides and pressured about 5.3 million refugees to flee Ukraine.