UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Ukraine on Thursday, where he will participate in a tripartite meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his spokesman announced today.
“At the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Secretary-General will be in Lviv on Thursday to participate in a tripartite meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Ukrainian leader,” Stephane Dujarric told a press conference, clarifying that Antonio Guterres would travel to Odessa on Friday and then visit Turkey.
A dominant issue at the tripartite is expected to be grain exports from Ukrainian ports that have resumed under the recent UN-brokered agreement. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric added that Guterres will also discuss with Zelensky the security of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and the prospect of finding a diplomatic solution to end the war.
After the Russian blockade of three Black Sea ports was lifted, it became possible to export hundreds of thousands of tons of grain from Ukraine. The United Nations has emphasized that the agreement alleviates the worsening global food crisis.
On Saturday, the UN secretary-general will visit the Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul – made up of officials from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations, which oversees grain and fertilizer exports.