Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September and has no plans to speak at it even via video link, TASS reported on Monday.
“No. The trip and the speech are not planned,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, answering corresponding questions.
The UNGA’s High-Level Meetings are set to kick off in New York, where the organization’s headquarters is located, from September 20 to 26. This year, the Russian delegation will be headed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The delegation will also include Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin, Chairman of the Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Grigory Karasin, Permanent Representative to the UN Headquarters in New York Vasily Nebenzya and Chairman of the State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky.
Last July, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attended the signing of the grain deal between Russia and Ukraine. Guterres called the direct negotiations a “ray of hope to ease human suffering and alleviate hunger around the world.”
Putin and Guterres met in Moscow last July to discuss the Russian military operation in Ukraine.