U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is on a visit to Russia, met online with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 13, local time. Guterres thanked Putin for extending an invitation to visit Moscow and congratulated the Russian government and people who had recently celebrated Victory Day.
Guterres and Putin discussed the importance of recommitting themselves to multilateralism, solidarity and cooperation so that the international community can address unprecedented global challenges such as the coronavirus and climate change.
The two sides also held consultations on a range of international and regional peace, security and humanitarian issues, as well as the urgent need to resolve conflicts through political dialogue, mutual respect and understanding.
Guterres thanked the Russian government and people for their warm welcome and reception, as well as Russia’s consistent support for the United Nations, and expressed his willingness to work with Russia on three pillars of the United Nations: peace and security, sustainable development, including climate change and biodiversity, and human rights.