UN’s Antonio Guterres to visit Turkey ahead of Moscow and Kyiv trip – National

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Ankara before traveling to Moscow next week to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and then to Ukraine for talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a statement from the United Nations said on Saturday. ‘UN.

António Guterres will travel to the Turkish capital on Monday, where he will be received by President Tayyip Erdogan, the statement said. UN aid chief Martin Griffiths said on April 18 that Turkey was a valuable host for the humanitarian talks between Ukraine and Russia.

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Eri Kaneko, associate spokesperson for Guterres, said at a press conference on Friday that Guterres would travel to Moscow on Tuesday and meet Putin as well as a working meeting and lunch with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, hoping to discuss what can be done to bring peace to Ukraine.

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The United Nations also said Friday that Guterres would meet with Zelenskyy, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and staff of United Nations agencies on Thursday to discuss stepping up humanitarian aid efforts.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Leslie Adler)