Pope Francis says he is willing to visit Ukraine and Russia to negotiate peace

The head of the Catholic Church also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a ‘cultured’ person

ANDREAS SOLARO / AFPPope Francis at midnight mass
Pope Francis is the leader of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis said this Saturday, 1, that he is willing to visit Kievbut as long as it can also go to Moscow to attempt a peace negotiation between Ukraine It Russia. “I am ready to go to Kiev. I want to go to Kiev, but on the condition that I go to Moscow. I will go to both countries or I will not go to any”, said the head of the Catholic Church, in an interview for the newspaper “La Nación”. The Argentine added that “it is not impossible” to travel to Russia. “We hope we can do it. Beware, there are no promises, nothing. I have not closed that door”, declared the Pope. Asked if the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, keeps the door closed, the pope replied: “Maybe he gets distracted and opens it, I don’t know.” Speaking to the newspaper in Argentina, Francesco also said that the representative of Russia is a cultured person. “He has visited me three times as head of state and I was able to hold a high-level conversation with him. It’s a cult. Once we talked about literature. A man who not only speaks Russian, speaks German perfectly, speaks English. It’s a cult. Culture is acquired, not a moral characteristic. They are two different things,” he said.

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