UN Secretary-General António Guterres meets with the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Courtesy of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation.
On the margins of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, Secretary-General António Guterres today (7 Jun) met with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation.
At the end of the meeting President Putin welcomed the Secretary-General and said
“we see how effective you are in leading the organization in responding effectively to the global challenges, and in our part, we will do everything to support you. Thank you.”
The UN chief said the event in the historic Russian city was an “important opportunity” to address issues vital to the Organization “and in particular, in this Forum’s context, the Sustainable Development Goals and the possibility of a fair globalization.”
He also underlined “the very important role that Russia plays in support of multilateralism and the UN – support that is even more important, in difficult times we are living in.”
Guterres said, “as a founding member, permanent member of the Security Council, Russia is an absolutely indispensable actor in the international scene today if we want a more balanced world.”
The Forum is an annual event held in St. Petersburg since 1997.