Guterres and Scholz talk by phone about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz – Odd Andersen/POOL AFP/dpa

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The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, held a telephone conversation on Wednesday, mainly focused on recent events in Eastern Europe.

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This was explained by the German government spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, who added that both leaders have agreed on the need to defend Ukrainian civilians.

“The chancellor and the secretary general have called for the agreed humanitarian corridors to be implemented to protect civilians and allow humanitarian access,” Hebestreit said.

For his part, the spokesman for the secretary general, Stéphane Dujarric, has detailed that this call is part of Guterres’ “continuous efforts” on Ukraine, and added that, after speaking with Scholz, he has done the same with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell.

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