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Russia considers Pope Francis to be a “desired interlocutor” to discuss the war in Ukraine, said the Russian ambassador to the Vatican after it became known that the pontiff is seeking to travel to Moscow to ask President Vladimir Putin for a solution to the conflict, but he has not yet had any answers from the president.

“In any international situation, dialogue with the Pope is important for Moscow,” acknowledged Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Avdeev, as reported today by the Italian newspaper Corriere.

Francisco revealed yesterday in an interview with that same morning that since mid-March he has been seeking to go to the Russian capital to meet with Putin. but so far no answers.

In this context, the ambassador whom the Pope went to visit on the day the war began on February 24 last, said that “the pontiff is always a desired, welcome interlocutor”, although without giving an affirmative or negative answer to his offer.

In an interview with Corriere published yesterday, the Pope said that with his visit to the diplomatic headquarters hours after the Russian invasion began, at the end of February, he wanted “to make a clear gesture that the whole world could see.”

“That’s why I went to the Russian ambassador. I asked them to explain it to me, and I said ‘please, stop it,'” Francisco explained, before clarifying anyway that he hasn’t spoken to Putin since last December, when New Year’s greetings were exchanged.

In a similar tone of openness to a papal role in seeking a way out of the war, the Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican, Andrii Yurash, considered that the Pope’s words of the search for a political solution are “a significant message”:

“It is a sin that Putin is deaf to the Pope’s noble request,” Yurash lamented. in statements that Corriere also collects today.

This Wednesday, before the traditional general audience, Francis met in the Vatican with the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, with whom he discussed “issues of an international nature, with particular attention to the war in Ukraine”, the Vatican reported.

Specifically, the Vatican head of state and the Japanese head of government underlined “the urgency of dialogue and peace, calling for, to this end, a world free of nuclear weapons,” the Holy See stated.

According to Vatican sources reconstructed Télam, Francisco and Kishida considered in the meeting that it is “inconceivable” both the use and the possession of this type of weapon.

The meeting took place on the same day that Russia banned Kishida from entering due to sanctions that Japan imposed on him for the invasion of Ukraine.

Source: Telam


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