United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is ready to mediate the conflict in Ukraine. This is reported by TASS, referring to the office of UN Secretary-General Guterres.

This is how they commented on the initiative of Kyiv, which was mentioned by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba, to hold a “peace summit” at the UN by the end of February with the possible participation of the Secretary General of the world organization as an intermediary.

“As the Secretary-General has repeatedly stated in the past, he can mediate only if all parties want him to,” the UN said.

Earlier, Guterres said that, in his opinion, compelling peace talks in Ukraine are unlikely to take place shortly. Attention should be focused on improving the efficiency of the grain deal and accelerating the exchange of prisoners.

He also said that Russia and Ukraine need time to realize “the need for a ceasefire and peace.”

Currently, a special operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continues in Ukraine. It was announced on February 24 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to him, the purpose of military action is to demilitarize the neighboring country and denazify its authorities.

The decision to conduct the operation was the reason for new sanctions against Russia by the United States and its allies.