UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The world cannot afford such countries as the United States and Russia being at odds, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
"I think it’s clear that the relations are difficult… [and] face many problems. But I am a strong believer that peace, security in the world are still very strongly dependent on the possibility of these two countries that are absolutely essential pillars of our international community – these two countries – to engage in a meaningful dialogue and to reach consensus in a number of areas that are of primary interest for both of us," Guterres said.
"The world cannot afford that countries as large, as powerful and as important as the United States and the Russian Federation are [being] at odds with each other," he said.
Despite tensions with the United States over several issues, Russian officials have repeatedly voiced readiness to conduct an equal and mutually beneficial dialogue on global problems.
During the first meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Germany, an agreement on the ceasefire in southern Syria was reached, which has contributed to the peaceful settlement of the conflict.