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“I fear that Putin cannot, and does not, want to have this meeting at this time’



Catholic church chief, Pope Francis has introduced that he will likely be visiting Russia to debate the Ukraine warfare with President Vladimir Putin.

Talking in an interview printed on Tuesday, Could 3, Pope Francis mentioned that he requested for a gathering in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin to attempt to cease the warfare in Ukraine however had not obtained a reply.

The pope chatting with Italy’s Corriere Della Sera newspaper that Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, who has given the warfare his full-throated backing, “can’t develop into Putin’s altar boy”.

Francis, who made a go to to the Russian embassy when the warfare towards Ukraine began, advised the newspaper that about three weeks into the battle, he requested the Vatican’s prime diplomat to ship a message to Putin.

The message was “that I used to be prepared to go to Moscow. Actually, it was crucial for the Kremlin chief to permit a gap. We’ve not but obtained a response and we’re nonetheless insisting”.

He added: “I worry that Putin can’t, and doesn’t, need to have this assembly at the moment. However how will you not cease a lot brutality?”


Requested a couple of journey to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, which Francis aged 85, final month mentioned was a risk, the pope mentioned he wouldn’t go for now.

“First, I’ve to go to Moscow, first I’ve to fulfill Putin … . I do what I can. If Putin would solely open a door,” he mentioned.


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