RPT: PREVIEW – UN Chief Begins Trip To Ukraine, Turkey For Talks On Moscow-Kiev Tensions, Grain Shipments

UNITED NATIONS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 18th August, 2022) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres begins a 3-day mission that may take him to Lviv, Odessa, and Istanbul in a bid to decrease tensions within the area over the battle in Ukraine and to evaluate progress on the Black Sea initiative.

Guterres begins his journey in Lviv on Thursday in what are anticipated to be bilateral and trilateral conferences with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The UN stated they’re anticipated to debate the necessity for a political answer to the battle, amongst different points. UN spokesperson Farhan Haq on Wednesday outlined a number of the high objects on Guterres’ agenda.

“He’s dealing with issues including the movement of ships and the food and grain issue, the concerns about the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, the concerns about the fact-finding activity concerning… Olenivka prison, and also his overall efforts to do what he can to essentially lower the temperature as much as possible with the various authorities,” Haq stated throughout a press briefing.

On whether or not it’s a downside that Russia won’t be collaborating within the talks, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric informed reporters Guterres had a very good dialog with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday concerning the Zaporizhzhia NPP, Black Sea Initiative, and the Olenivka reality-discovering mission.

Guterres’ go to comes amid a dispute over a possible go to by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant (NPP). Russia stated the UN Secretariat canceled the journey whereas IAEA chief Rafael Grossi and the UN Secretariat stated they wanted to safe the consent of all sides.

After visiting Lviv, Guterres will head to the Odessa port, one of many three from which Ukraine exports grain beneath the United Nations-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative. The UN stated Guterres’ aim is to evaluate in particular person the outcomes of efforts to dealer a deal between Russia and Ukraine on getting grain and different foodstuffs out of Ukraine.

On Saturday, Guterres will go to Istanbul’s Joint Coordination Center (JCC). The JCC oversees the shipments of Ukrainian grain through the nation’s Black Sea ports. According to the United Nations, Guterres is predicted to fulfill with Russian, Ukrainian, and Turkish representatives on the JCC.

More particulars on Guterres’s go to are to be introduced on Thursday. The UN workplace refused to touch upon the mode of transportation however confirmed he travels “not by ship.”

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