Putin met with UN Secretary General

Russian President Vladimir Putin received UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Moscow on April 26.

The Russian leader's current meeting with the UN Secretary-General is the first since a special military operation was launched on February 24 to protect Donbass. The last time they met was via video link in May last year, when Guterres was also in Russia. The politicians last saw each other at an international conference on Libya in January 2020 in Berlin.

Prior to his meeting with Putin, Guterres held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Earlier, Guterres visited Ankara on April 25 and met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The UN Secretary General is expected to arrive in Kiev on April 28.

Putin's conversation with Guterres was not the only international call on Tuesday, as he had previously spoken to Erdogan by telephone.