Peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia are currently impossible, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says.
According to the UN chief, the negotiations can’t occur now because “both parties are convinced they can win,”
Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Pais, Guttered said;
“This was a Russian invasion against international law, against the UN Charter, but I do not see Russia at the moment willing to withdraw from the territories it occupies, and I think Ukraine is hoping to retake them,” Guterres said in the interview published on May 9.
“What we are doing, to the extent possible, is having a dialogue with both parties to solve specific problems.” The UN chief added that his organization focused on securing exports of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea as well as of Russian food products and fertilizers, which the West hasn’t sanctioned.
His comments come after leaked intelligence documents suggest the U.S. believed Guterres was “too accommodating” to Russia while trying to renew the Black Sea Grain Initiative, the BBC reported on April 13.
The UN and Turkey-brokered deal, first signed in July 2022, has allowed Ukraine to renew its grain exports after Russia blocked them in the first months of the full-scale invasion.