Putin to receive UN Secretary General in Moscow
Russia's President will receive the UN Secretary-General in Moscow for talks.
Russia's President will receive the UN Secretary-General on April 26, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
"On Tuesday, April 26, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will arrive in Moscow for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He will also be received by Russian President Vladimir Putin," Peskov said.
The UN has also confirmed Guterres' visit to Russia, according to an announcement by the Secretary-General's Associate Spokesperson Eri Kaneko.
"The Secretary-General will visit Moscow, Russian Federation, where, on Tuesday, 26 April, he will have a working meeting and lunch with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and will be received by President Vladimir Putin," she said.
When asked about a possible visit by the Secretary-General to Ukraine, Kaneko said the UN is still "working with Ukraine on the preparations" for such a visit.
As for a proposed Easter truce, she said that today is Friday and Easter is on Sunday, adding "we operate with hope."
Guterres had called for a four-day humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine on Tuesday that would begin on Holy Thursday and run through Christian Orthodox Easter on Sunday. The truce would entail launching humanitarian corridors for civilians and enabling humanitarian convoys to reach Donetsk, Lugansk, Mariupol, and Kherson.