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Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Ukraine with the UN Secretary General

The Russian president met in the Kremlin with the UN Secretary General and explained to António Guterres Moscow’s position on the situation in Ukraine. The DPR and LPR have become independent by analogy with Kosovo, there are no hostilities in Mariupol, and if the Ukrainian army does not release Azovstal civilians, then they are terrorists, Vladimir Putin said. Russia does not reject the negotiations, they continue online, he said.

Vladimir Putin explained to António Guterres that the DPR and LPR became independent, similar to Kosovo. Photo: Vladimir Astapkovich / RIA Novosti

Russia has always supported the UN, considers it universal and unique: there is no other organization like it in the international community. “And we strongly support the principles on which it is based, we intend to do so in the future”, assured the President. “For us, the maxims of some of our colleagues sound a bit strange when they talk about a world based on rules,” Putin continued. Moscow is convinced that the main rule is the UN Charter and other documents adopted by this organization. “And not some papers written by someone for themselves or to ensure their interests,” he stressed. Until recently, several years ago, there was talk that the UN was outdated and no longer needed, the president recalled. “This happened in those moments when it prevented someone from achieving their goals in the international arena,” he explained.

Putin called his colleagues’ statements that someone claims exclusive rights surprising, because the UN Charter states that all participants in international communication are equal, regardless of power, size and geographical location. The president compared it to the Bible. “Surely we will find the same thing in the Koran and in the Torah. All people are equal before the Lord. So the idea of ​​someone claiming to be some kind of exclusivity sounds very strange,” he said.

“I know your concerns about Russia’s military operation in Donbass, in Ukraine. I think this will be at the center of our conversation today,” Putin continued, recalling how it all started, with the coup in Ukraine in 2014.

“Despite the fact that a military operation is underway, we still hope to be able to reach agreements through diplomatic channels. We are negotiating, we are not giving up,” the Russian leader said. He recalled that a breakthrough was achieved in the talks in Istanbul: Ukraine declared its readiness to leave the problems of Crimea and Donbass out of parentheses and not connect them with security guarantees. However, later the representatives of kyiv abandoned this position after a provocation in Bucha. “In their draft agreement on this matter, they simply indicated in two articles that these issues should be resolved at a meeting of heads of state,” Putin explained. In his opinion, these issues will never be resolved without prior elaboration “at least within the framework of the agreement” that is being discussed now. The negotiations continue online and the president still hopes that they will lead to a positive result.

Putin emphasized that the Russian military had nothing to do with the events in Bucha. “We know who did it. We know who prepared this provocation, by what means and what kind of people worked on it,” he said.

“I understand that Russia has a number of claims in relation to what is happening in Ukraine, as well as to European global security,” the UN secretary-general said. “We are deeply concerned about what is happening now,” he said, referring to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, adding that he came to Moscow with a pragmatic approach. The UN is not a party to the negotiations, but supports the dialogue between the two countries and Turkey’s goodwill in promoting this approach, Guterres explained. But the main task is to improve the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, he emphasized. The UN is ready in two to three days, together with the International Committee of the Red Cross, to assess the situation in Azovstal on the evacuation of civilians, the UN secretary-general said.

“In truth, we are faced with a number of situations where Russia announces the creation of a corridor, Ukraine declares the creation of another corridor, and the situation is such that this is not being implemented in practice, so we propose to create a humanitarian corridor. contact group in which the UN, Russia and Ukraine will be able to discuss the situation together so that these corridors are really effective,” Guterres said.

Security agreements cannot be reached without resolving issues about the status of Crimea and Donbass

“You say that Russia’s humanitarian corridors are not working. You have been deceived: these corridors are working,” Putin objected. According to him, 130-140 thousand people left Mariupol with the help of Russia and can go anywhere. “We do not keep them, we provide all kinds of assistance and support,” he said, adding that “civilians, if they exist, in the Azovstal territory can do the same. And the Ukrainian military is obliged to release them, or they will then act as terrorists in many countries, such as ISIS in Syria, he said. Keeping people there as a human shield is a crime, Putin stressed. The president also suggested that the UN and the International Red Cross see for themselves how Ukrainian prisoners of war are detained and stressed that there are no military operations in Mariupol.

The contradictions need to be resolved based on the instruments proposed by the UN Charter, Guterres also said, noting that the violation of the territorial integrity of another country does not correspond to this. In response, Putin reminded Kosovo: “I remember very well the decision of the International Court of Justice, which says that in the exercise of the right to self-determination, this or that territory of any State is not obliged to request permission to declare its sovereignty to the central authorities of the country.” “If this is so, then the DPR and the LPR have the same right, without resorting to the central authorities of Ukraine, to declare their sovereignty, because a precedent has been created,” Putin stressed. .


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