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Telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

September 14, 2022

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The primary focus was on the implementation of the Istanbul package agreements on Ukrainian grain exports from Black Sea ports and exports of Russian foods and fertilisers. Both leaders emphasised the importance of prioritising the food needs of countries in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Antonio Guterres informed Vladimir Putin about the efforts of the Secretariat and other UN agencies to remove all obstacles to the supply of Russian agricultural produce and fertilisers to world markets, noting that he is fully committed to achieving a resolution. The need to continue close cooperation between Russia and relevant UN agencies in the interests of ensuring global food security was confirmed.

The situation around the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) was discussed, including the visit by the IAEA delegation on September 1. Vladimir Putin gave a positive assessment to the constructive cooperation with the agency and told the UN Secretary-General about the measures taken by Russia to ensure the security and physical protection of ZNPP facilities.

Consideration was given to the question of organising a UN fact-finding mission in connection with a missile strike carried out by the armed forces of Ukraine on July 29 at the pre-trial detention centre in Yelenovka where Ukrainian POWs were held. Antonio Guterres assured Vladimir Putin that preparations are underway for a visit of UN experts to the site of the incident in order to conduct an independent and unbiased investigation.

Other topics of discussion included the criminal activities of Ukrainian neo-Nazi units that are resorting to terrorist methods against opponents and critics of the Kiev regime. In this context, Vladimir Putin reminded the Secretary-General of the vicious, cowardly murder of Darya Dugina. Antonio Guterres condemned this crime for which, he emphasised, there can be no justification.

Russia-UNO work at various levels will continue as agreed.

September 14, 2022