Some two months after the start of the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has scheduled to receive UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Moscow on Tuesday.
The pair’s Kremlin meeting was likely to focus on a greater diplomatic role for the United Nations in ending the war in Ukraine.
This as well as UN humanitarian access and safe corridors for civilians, particularly from the besieged port city of Mariupol.
The 72-year-old UN chief planned first to speak with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov around noon on Tuesday.
A news conference was then due to follow, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Afterwards, Guterres had planned to meet with Putin in the Kremlin.
After his visit to Russia, the UN secretary-general is due to travel via Poland to Ukraine, where he also planned to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday.
Recently, pressure had grown on Guterres to take a more active role in ending the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.