MADRID, 14 (Moose Gazette)
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, held a telephone conversation on Wednesday in which both leaders agreed to guarantee the export of cereals from Ukrainian ports to countries in need in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
In this regard, Guterres informed the Russian president about the efforts being made by the United Nations and its agencies to “eliminate obstacles to the supply of Russian agricultural products and fertilizers to world markets.”
Thus, both leaders have advocated continuing these efforts and deepening their collaboration “in order to guarantee world food security”, as reported by the Kremlin in a statement.
Another issue that has been put on the table was the visit on September 1 by a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, located in Ukrainian territory but under Russian control.
President Putin has made “a positive evaluation of the constructive cooperation” with the IAEA, and has taken the opportunity to value the measures taken by Russia in order to guarantee the security and physical protection of the nuclear plant, the largest in Europe .
On the other hand, the Russian leader has invited Guterres to organize a United Nations mission to investigate what happened in Olenovka, where at the end of July there was an attack on a prison under Russian control and which housed Ukrainian prisoners. Russian and Ukrainian authorities have accused each other of that attack.
For his part, Guterres has confirmed that the UN is “making active preparations” to arrange a trip of experts from the agency to the scene of the events with the aim of carrying out an “independent and objective investigation,” according to Moscow.
Finally, Putin has informed the highest representative of the United Nations about “criminal activities of the Ukrainian Nazi formations”, which he accuses of “recourse to methods of terror against opponents and critics of the kyiv regime”.
At this point, the Russian president has brought to light the “vile and cruel murder” of Daria Dugina, daughter of the Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin, leader of the Eurasian movement and main ideologue of the Kremlin.
Guterres, for his part, has condemned the death of Dugina, who was the victim of a car bomb attack on August 21, and has stressed that there can be no justification for said murder.
“FAR FROM THE END OF THE WAR”
Later, the Secretary General of the United Nations took stock of the conversation with Putin and lamented that, after listening to the Russian leader, the end of the war is still “far away”, according to CNN.
“We are far from the end of the war (…) There is no ceasefire in sight. I would be lying if I said it will happen,” Guterres acknowledged in statements to the media.