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Meeting visiting UN chief, Putin says still has ‘hope’ in talks with Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech as he hosts Russia's medal-winning athletes from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and members of the country's Paralympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, on April 26, 2022. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech as he hosts Russia's medal-winning athletes from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and members of the country's Paralympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, on April 26, 2022. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP)

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin tells the visiting UN chief that he still has hope for negotiations to end the conflict in Ukraine.

“Despite the fact that the military operation is ongoing, we still hope that we will be able to reach agreements on the diplomatic track. We are negotiating, we do not reject [talks],” Putin tells UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is visiting Moscow.

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