Vatican says ready to ‘facilitate dialogue’ between Russia and Ukraine

Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin told Italian newspapers that he was “convinced there is always room for negotiations”



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Published: Mon 28 Feb 2022, 11:08 AM

Last updated: Mon 28 Feb 2022, 12:11 PM

The Vatican said on Monday it was ready to “facilitate dialogue” between Russia and Ukraine to end the crisis.

Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who ranks second only to the pope in the Vatican hierarchy, told Italian newspapers that he was “convinced there is always room for negotiations”.

Ukraine’s ambassador to the Vatican, Andriy Yurash, told Reuters in an interview on 14 February that Kyiv was open to a Vatican mediation of its conflict with Russia, calling the Vatican a “very influential, very spiritual place for a meeting”.

Parolin, the Vatican’s top diplomat, told Italian newspapers that dialogue was the only “reasonable and constructive” way to work out differences.

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“The Holy See, which in these years has followed events in Ukraine constantly, discreetly and with great attention, offering to facilitate dialogue with Russia, is always ready to help both sides resume such a path,” he said, according to a transcript on the official Vatican News website.

He suggested that this is what Pope Francis told the Russian ambassador when he made a surprise visit to the Russian embassy to the Vatican on Friday, in an unprecedented departure from diplomatic protocol.

Pope Francis on Sunday made an impassioned call for humanitarian corridors to help refugees leave Ukraine.


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