Russia denies trying to contact Putin

Russia denies trying to contact Putin

Moscow insists that the UN Secretary General hasn't tried to contact Putin recently, contrary to what Antonio Guterres spokesman has claimed.

Russia s foreign ministry denied that UN Secretary General had tried to contact Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent times, contrary to a statement made by Antonio Guterres spokesman St phane Dujarric.

On Tuesday, the spokesman for the foreign ministry in Moscow, Maria Zakharova, published a post on her Telegram channel, citing reports, according to which Dujarric replied in the affirmative when asked if his boss had tried to contact the Russian president after the Kremlin launched a military offensive against Ukraine in late February. Zakharova denied that there had been any attempts at communication on the part of Guterres.

The UN secretary general hasn't tried to get in touch with the Russian president, Zakharova insisted. She said no one has made such overtures, either to Russia's permanent mission to the UN or directly to the foreign ministry. Zakharova urged the UN Secretariat to return to reality. Last Wednesday, Guterres told reporters that while a global ceasefire in Ukraine doesn't seem possible, his office had proposed to Russia to bring the parties together and to manage the evacuation of civilians from areas of Ukraine that have been hardest hit by fighting. He added that the UN was waiting for Moscow's response.

On March 22, the UN secretary general denounced Russia's military offensive against Ukraine as an absurd war that put people there through a living hell. He said that the war in Ukraine is morally unacceptable, politically indefensible, and militarily nonsensical. In early April, Guterres called for an independent investigation of the mass killings committed in the city of Bucha. Ukraine accuses Russian forces of committing the atrocities, while Moscow insists that the harrowing scenes were staged by Kiev authorities to frame Russia, and possibly force European nations to step up pressure on the Kremlin.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, after Ukraine failed to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to take the two republics by force.