Baltic Presidents and UN officials discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and his Baltic counterparts met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York to discuss the fallout from the Russian war in Ukraine.

“Russia’s war in Ukraine has painful humanitarian consequences and the risk of a global food crisis and nuclear tragedy. The Russian army commits brutal war crimes, mercilessly killing civilians and destroying infrastructure. We must ensure that war criminals are brought to justice and that the Kremlin’s arbitrary actions in Ukraine are stopped. The role of the United Nations in this process is crucial,” the Lithuanian President was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Presidential Press Service.

During the meeting, the President stressed that the safety of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and the withdrawal of Russian troops from its territory should be the priority of the international community at this time.

Long-term involvement of the UN in ensuring the safety of the Zaporizhia NPP could be one of the ways to stabilize the situation, Nauseda said.

The Baltic Presidents met with the UN Secretary-General on Wednesday on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly. The meeting also touched on the humanitarian situation in war-torn Ukraine, with the Lithuanian leader noting that the surrounding countries, including Lithuania, had hosted the largest number of war refugees.