President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone call with UN Secretary-General António Guterres to discuss the escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
The Head of State expressed gratitude to the UN Secretary-General for his unwavering commitment to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders. Evidence of this is the clear position regarding the United Nations' non-recognition of the sham referenda held in the occupied territories of Ukraine as a gross violation of the fundamental goals and principles of the UN Charter expressed on behalf of the Secretary-General by Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo at the meeting of the UN Security Council convened by Ukraine on September 27.
The interlocutors highly assessed the implementation of the grain initiative over the past two months, which made it possible to unblock the export of Ukrainian agricultural products and mitigate the global food crisis. They believe it is necessary to continue and expand this initiative under the auspices of the United Nations.
The parties also discussed the issues of nuclear security in the context of the threatening situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP and the next visit to Ukraine by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and António Guterres paid attention to the initiatives of Ukraine proposed during the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, as well as to a number of other important issues of the global agenda.
The President thanked the Secretary-General for holding an important meeting with the First Lady and the Prime Minister of Ukraine on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.