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MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to meet with the UN’s newly-appointed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who will pay a visit to Russia on November 24-25, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
"Indeed, this meeting is being prepared," Peskov said.
Guterres's spokeswoman and senior adviser Melissa Fleming earlier said that the new UN chief planned to visit the UN Security Council permanent-members’ capitals, including Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold a meeting with Guterres in Moscow on November 24, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said last week.
The parties will discuss pressing issues concerning the UN’s activities, ways to settle the most violent regional conflicts as well as boosting UN efficiency, prospects for the organization’s reform and Russia’s cooperation with the UN Secretariat.
On October 13, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution appointing Portugal’s former Foreign Minister Antonio Guterres as the ninth UN Secretary-General. His term will begin on January 1, 2017, and expire on December 31, 2021.