In Russia for ‘Victory Day’, UN chief meets with President Putin on world issues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in Moscow to mark 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

KDN – The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Russia for ‘Victory Day’ marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe and the sacrifice made by millions, met for discussions with President Vladimir Putin on world issues from the conflict in Ukraine to enhancing cooperation to tackle climate change.

“The Secretary-General and President Putin discussed in depth the way forward on Ukraine,” said a statement from Mr. Ban’s spokesman’s office.

Both agreed that full and good faith implementation by all sides of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements presented the best opportunity to bring forth a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Mr. Ban and President Putin also exchanged views on UN engagement toward this end, the statement said.

“They also discussed the political process on Syria, Russia’s contribution to peacekeeping and climate change,” the note added.

The Secretary-General also expressed his appreciation for the invitation to attend today’s celebrations.

Also with the Secretary-General were Irina Bokova, Director-General at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

While in Moscow, Mr. Ban also met with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades. The UN chief said he welcomed the “new optimism” about the resumption of negotiations aimed at achieving a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.

“The Secretary-General and the President also exchanged views on climate change ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris, France in December 2015.”