Foreign Ministry: Russia is ready to consider UN initiatives to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainians Moscow will take this step if the UN proposals actually contribute to this goal, the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed /s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/8/14/756509976133148.jpg” alt=”Moscow is ready to study UN initiatives “to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainians”” />
Sergey Lavrov and António Guterres (left to right)
Russia is ready to consider specific initiatives from the UN “to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Ukraine.” This is stated in the message of the Russian Foreign Ministry following the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Secretary General António Guterres.
“Russia is ready to consider specific initiatives, incl. by the UN, to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population in the zone of the special military operation, if they actually contribute to this noble goal, —
Earlier, Guterres said that the UN proposed to create a joint contact group with Moscow and Kyiv to organize safe humanitarian corridors from Ukraine for civilians.
According to him, it is necessary to open humanitarian corridors in Ukraine, which “would really be safe and effective.” and which “would be respected by all for the evacuation of civilians and the delivery of the necessary assistance.”
On April 26, Guterres held talks in Moscow with Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin. In two days, he will visit Kyiv, where he will hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Representative of the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq said that during the trips, Guterres wants to understand “what progress can be made.” on the situation in Ukraine. «Our goal— ceasefire and improvement of the situation of people in Ukraine»,— he said.
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On April 19, the UN Secretary General called on Russia and Ukraine to a humanitarian truce from April 21 for four days in connection with the celebration of Easter. The pause would open “safe passage for all civilians,” he said. Pope Francis addressed the two countries with a similar request.
First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said on April 25 that Moscow does not consider it possible to introduce a ceasefire at present .
“The only benefit it will give is— an opportunity for the Ukrainian armed forces to regroup and arrange more provocations, — he concluded.
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