The Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, arrived in the Republic of Moldova on Friday, where he is going to meet with the President Maia Sandu. This will happen after his second visit to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion, said his spokesman Farhan Haq, quoted by EFE, writes agerpres.ro.
The stopover in Chisinau, which was not initially planned in the itinerary announced by the United Nations, comes after Guterres visited the port city of Odesa (southern Ukraine) on Friday to see on the spot how the agreement allowing the export of grain is being implemented.
On Saturday, the UN chief will fly to Istanbul, where he will complete his tour of Europe, visiting the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) that oversees compliance with the pact brokered by the United Nations and Turkey.
According to Haq, Guterres will return to New York late Saturday night.
During the visit to Odesa, Antonio Guterres emphasized the positive effects of the agreement that allowed the unblocking of Ukrainian grain exports and pleaded for its extension.
The UN Secretary General visited Lviv (Lviv) on Thursday, where he met with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The three agreed to continue coordinating the implementation of the grain export initiative, discussed the situation at the Zaporizhia plant and the issue of Ukrainian prisoners of war.
After this meeting, the Ukrainian president estimated that for now it is premature to talk about peace negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow. Such discussions are not realistic since the Russian army is occupying Ukraine. “For peace negotiations to begin, Russia must first leave the occupied territories,” he said.