president RussiaAnd Russian President Vladimir PutinHe said in an interview with the Secretary-General of the United Nations (United nations), Antonio Guterres, this Tuesday (26), who still hopes to negotiate with Ukraine.
At the meeting, extracts of which were broadcast on Russian television, Putin He said he intends to end the conflict through diplomatic channels He denied the charges against his army over the alleged massacres.
Leaders were separated by a large table, which the Kremlin has used to promote distancing from Covid-19 at various meetings during the pandemic.
Putin meets with Guterres at the Kremlin on April 26, 2022 – Photo: Kremlin Paul via Reuters
Putin said diplomatic negotiations were derailed due to allegations of a massacre in Bucha.
“There was a provocation in Bucha that the Russian army had nothing to do,” Putin said. We know who organized this provocation, by what means, and who carried it out.”
Russian leader No formal charges were brought against any group Which would be linked to the deaths of civilians, to be discovered after the end of the Russian occupation in the area.
The corpses of civilians are abandoned on the streets of Bucha, Ukraine.
Guterres reiterated his call for opening humanitarian corridors to evacuate Ukrainian civilians from the combat zones, shortly before Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The impasse in the port city, the most under attack since the beginning of the war, was one of the main topics on the meeting’s agenda.
Russian forces continue to besiege the Azovstal complex, one of the largest steel mills in Europe where thousands of soldiers and civilians still resist the occupation.
Explosions are heard at the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol, Ukraine.
Russia’s state-run TASS news agency reported that Putin told Guterres that more than 1,300 soldiers in the city had surrendered.
The Russian leader also said that Ukrainian forces had prevented civilians from leaving the Azovstal steel plant.
Since last week, Kyiv and Moscow have been trying unsuccessfully to reach an agreement for the peaceful withdrawal of soldiers and civilians.
Putin has reportedly told Guterres that peace talks between the two countries are continuing online, according to a report by Reuters.
UN Secretary-General meets with Sergei Lavrov and Vladimir Putin in Moscow
Earlier, Guterres met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who called for an immediate ceasefire and an independent investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russian forces.
Guterres’ agenda in Moscow began precisely with a meeting with Lavrov, who asked him for a cease-fire as soon as possible. Guterres said after the meeting that he proposed the establishment of a humanitarian corridor and expressed his concern over signs of war crimes committed by Russian forces in Iraq. Ukraine. The Secretary-General said his priority was “to save lives and reduce human suffering”.
“The sooner we can do it, the better for Ukraineto me Russia and to the world. So far, this can not be possible, “the Secretary-General announced after the meeting.” We are very interested in finding ways to create conditions for effective dialogue, and a ceasefire as soon as possible, for a peaceful solution.”
However, He said he was interested in collaborating with United nations. He stated that both have “different interpretations” of UkraineBut this does not prevent the two from talking. The minister also mentioned that he discussed pluralism and the role of United nations with the Secretary-General.
“We are interested in collaborating with our colleagues in United nations to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population.
Guterres also drew attention to the already apparent consequences of the war on the whole world, such as the rise in food prices.
“The dramatic acceleration in food prices is already causing enormous suffering to populations around the world,” he said.
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