Mr Guterres warmly congratulated Vladimir Putin on his victory in the presidential election.
The discussion touched on current issues on the international agenda. With respect to developments in Syria, the importance of the UN’s coordinating role in the process of restoring peace and reaching a political settlement was underscored. Russia’s readiness to continue facilitating the Geneva process under the auspices of the UN was affirmed.
The UN Secretary-General emphasised Russia’s special contribution to maintaining global security and stability.
An invitation to Antonio Guterres to visit Russia was extended.