May 24, 2022

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Pope Francis speaks of invasion of Ukraine: “Putin did not stop, I am ready to meet him in Moscow”

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets the Pope at the Vatican in 2019 (Vatican Media / Guide via REUTERS)

In an interview with Pope Francis today, he said he had been asked to travel to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine, but had not received a response. “Courier della sera”.

The pope explained that he had spoken to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, but had not yet spoken to Putin, and that his birthday had been called in December, and that 20 days after the war, he had asked the cardinal’s secretary of state. Pietro Parolin will send a message to the Russian president that he is ready to go to Moscow.

“Of course, the Kremlin leader needs to allow some windows. We have not yet received an answer, and we continue to insist, however, that I fear that Putin will not and does not want to hold this meeting right now.. But how can such cruelty not stop it? Twenty-five years ago we lived like that with Rwanda. Said.

This time he insisted that he would not go to Ukraine: “I feel I do not have to go. First I have to go to Moscow, first I have to meet Putin. But I am a priest, what can I do? I do what I can. If Putin opens the door … ”, he continued.

According to courier Della Serra, Pope Francis’ concern is that Putin will not stop for now.

Regarding NATO’s role in the conflict, the pope confirms that he does not know whether Putin’s “anger” over the presence of the Atlantic Alliance at the gates of Russia, but he believes that “it made it easier”.

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The pope did not say whether he had the capacity to respond to the question of whether it was legal for countries to send arms to Ukraine to defend themselves against the invasion. “I’m far from the question of whether it is right to supply the Ukrainians. It’s clear that weapons testing is being carried out on that land.”.

According to Francisco, “This was the state of the Spanish Civil War before World War II.”

File photo: Patriot Grill of the Russian Orthodox Church (L) and Pope Francis of the Catholic Church during a meeting in Havana, Cuba on February 12, 2016.  REUTERS / Adalberto Roque
File photo: Patriot Grill of the Russian Orthodox Church (L) and Pope Francis of the Catholic Church during a meeting in Havana, Cuba on February 12, 2016. REUTERS / Adalberto Roque

The arms trade is a scandal, and some oppose it. Two or three years ago a ship came to Genoa with weapons and had to be converted into a large cargo ship to take them to Yemen. Port workers do not want to do that. They said: Let us think of the children of Yemen. It’s a small thing, but a good gesture. There should be many like this, “he added.

The pope denied that he could not co-operate in the arrest of the patriotic leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Grill Putin, because in a video conference they held, “for the first twenty minutes he read to me all the justifications for war.”

I planned a meeting with him in Jerusalem on June 14th. This will be our second straight face, with no connection to the war. But now he too agrees that this meeting may be a mixed signal.

He also revealed that in his recent meeting with Hungarian President Viktor Orban, he assured the Russians that “there is a plan and everything will be over by May 9.”

File image: Smoke billows from the Azovstal iron and steel plant during the conflict between Ukraine and Russia on May 2, 2022, in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.  REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko / File Photo
File image: Smoke billows from the Azovstal iron and steel plant during the conflict between Ukraine and Russia on May 2, 2022, in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko / File Photo

“I hope so, and we understand the increasing momentum these days, because now it’s not just Donbass, it’s Crimea, it’s snatching access to Odessa, Ukraine, the Black Sea.

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(With information from EFE)

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