United Nations Secretary-Standard António Guterres explained in a new interview that his assembly with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this 7 days was “very useful” as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stretches into its third month.
“I believe it was a really helpful assembly,” Guterres advised CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “First of all … it was feasible to notify President Putin the very same factors I say in New York or I’ll be able to say below in Kyiv, which indicates that the Russian invasion is versus the constitution of the United Nations, is a violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and that this war need to stop as swiftly as possible.”
Guterres also mentioned that he came absent from the meeting with Putin with an agreement “in principle” making it possible for Ukrainian civilians to evacuate a steel plant in Mariupol.
“Let’s be distinct, President Putin agreed with me in principle that we would have — with the guidance of the U.N. and the aid of the Intercontinental Committee of the Red Cross — the evacuation of all those civilians into the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities,” Guterres advised Cooper.
“We have been doing the job on the details. At the existing minute they are staying talked over in Moscow concerning the Ministry of Defense and our folks.”
Guterres arrived in Kyiv on Thursday to fulfill with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his hard work to finish the ongoing conflict in between the two international locations.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which started on Feb. 24, has killed hundreds on both sides and forced about 5.3 million refugees to flee Ukraine.