“Russia cannot sign a security guarantee for Ukraine without resolving the issue of the territory of Crimea and Donbass,” Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with Antonio Guterres. The United Nations, in turn, said that the Russian president had agreed “in principle” to the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations in evacuating civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol.

During the meeting with the head of the United Nations, Vladimir Putin stated that negotiations between Russia and Ukraine are going well, but everything changed after the Bokza massacre, which – as the president said – “the Russian army has nothing to do with. “

After a meeting on Tuesday with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed “in principle” to involve the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations in evacuating civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, a UN spokesperson said. She said.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Russian Ministry of Defense will continue discussions on this issue UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Guterres, who also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday in Moscow, said that earlier The United Nations is ready to mobilize all its resources to save the people of besieged Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine.

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Azovestal mineral plants The last stronghold of the Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol. It is possible that around 1,000 civilians are also hiding there.

After his meeting with Putin, Guterres also said that he had proposed creating a “humanitarian liaison group” and cooperating with the International Committee to evacuate Ukrainians trapped in Mariupol.

Putin said he hoped “after all” that peace talks with Ukraine would produce results.