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Diplomacy: Secretary-General António Guterres visits Kremlin – Moscow

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow on June 20.

The Secretary General arrived in Moscow on June 19, where he attended  the Portugal vs. Morocco game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

According to the UN agenda for the visit, António Guterres was scheduled to meet President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

The focus of the talks with President Putin and the Russian top diplomat was “the current status of international relations, including the crisis of multilateralism in world diplomacy, the role of the UN Security Council in the solution of the most pressing international and regional problems including Syria and some other aspects of relations between Russia and the UN,” said Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, TASS revealed.

President Rebelo de Sousa and President Vladimir Putin

A separated meeting between the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, also took place in Moscow June 20, after President Rebelo de Sousa watched Portugal’s soccer team playing the Moroccan team for the World Cup.

The President of Portugal is scheduled to travel to Washington later this month for a meeting with US President Donald Trump. The visit is scheduled for June 27.

The visit will mark “the culmination of a month-long celebration of the Portuguese-American community” and celebrate the close bond between the countries, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee.


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