Pope Francis’ envoy, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, met with the head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov

The Holy See’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, talked in New York with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, reported the Vatican News website. The meeting took place on Thursday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “This is the direction followed by all of Franciszek’s associates,” wrote the portal. He recalled the Pope’s words about the need to conduct a dialogue with Russia.

This was the first meeting between Cardinal Pietro Parolin and the head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov since the beginning of the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

“The minister (Sergey Lavrov – ed.) Explained the causes of the ongoing crisis in Russia’s relations with the West,” wrote the Russian diplomacy ministry, which also posted a recording of the meeting on Twitter.

“This is the direction followed by all of Francis’ associates”

The Vatican News portal, informing Parolin’s conversation with Lavrov, recalled the words of Pope Francis, who during a press conference on his way back from Kazakhstan to Rome on September 15 said that you must always have a dialogue because “it is possible that thanks to him the course of things will change”. This is how the pope answered the question about the limits of dialogue with Russia.

The Vatican News portal pointed out that the pope then repeated the usual direction of the Holy See’s diplomacy, especially during the months of the war in Ukraine.

Pope FrancisPAP / EPA / ALESSANDRO DI MEO

“This is the direction followed by all of Francis’ associates, beginning with the secretary of state who, on the sidelines of the session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov,” emphasized the Vatican portal.

The Pope, who is also in favor of dialogue with the “aggressor”, as he put it during a press conference on the plane, had previously declared his willingness to go to talks both in Kiev and in Moscow.

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