UN chief intends to visit Moscow and Kiev

UN chief intends to visit Moscow and Kiev

The Executive Office of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has handed separate letters to the Russian and Ukrainian Permanent Missions at the UN asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet with him in Moscow and, respectively, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to hold a meeting with him in Kiev, Stephane Dujarric, Guterres’ spokesman, said at a briefing on Wednesday.

"Yesterday afternoon, separate letters were handed over to the Permanent Missions of the Russian Federation and Ukraine. In these letters, the Secretary-General asked President Vladimir Putin to receive him in Moscow and President Vladimir Zelensky to receive him in Kiev," Dujarric said.

"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," the spokesman said.

"He noted that both Ukraine and the Russian Federation are founding members of the United Nations and have always been strong supporters of this Organization," Dujarric added.