International Peace ( IPCA) 16, Sep 2022 |
- Guterres said that he was maintaining contact with both sides and hoped that one day it will be possible to go to a higher level of discussion
United Nations: The prospects for peace in Ukraine are “minimal” at present, the United Nations chief lamented Wednesday after a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he and Putin discussed efforts to overcome “obstacles” that remain related to Russia’s food and fertilizer exports, but warned it would be “naive” to believe there has been sufficient progress towards a rapid end to the war in Ukraine.
“I have the feeling we are still far away from peace. I would be lying if I would say it could happen soon,” Guterres told a press conference.
Moscow, which this week launched a full-scale offensive in Ukraine’s east, denies targeting civilians and says, without providing evidence, that the indicators of atrocities being committed had been staged.