UN Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday he feels a peace deal to end the war in Ukraine isn't close.
“We are far away from the end of the war," he told reporters following a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"A ceasefire is not in sight,” he said, adding, "I would be lying if I said it would happen.”
The diplomat said he discussed a variety of issues with Putin including the grain deal and the possibility of Russian exports, but cautioned there are obstacles to the export of Russian food and fertilizers. “We are risking the lack of food in the world later this year."
The two also discussed prisoners of war and Guterres quoted Putin as saying there would be no obstacles from Russia with regards to the panel conducting a fact-finding mission into last month’s prison attack in the Russian-occupied region of Eastern Ukraine. Dozens were killed.
Guterres said he also spoke with Putin about Ukraine’s nuclear plant.