Pope: Why don’t I name Putin? It is not necessary, everyone knows my position.
“Why don’t I name Putin? Because it is not necessary; it is already known. However, sometimes people get attached to the details. Everyone knows my position, with Putin or without Putin, without naming him.” And confirmed it Baba In an interview with the magazine America. Bergoglio then noted that he “spoke with President Zelensky three times on the phone. I am generally in the business of receiving lists of names of both civilian and military prisoners, and I have sent them to the Russian government, and the response has always been very positive.” Then Francis said plainly that if he went, he would go to both Moscow and Kiev: “I also thought about traveling, but I made the decision: if I travel, I will go to Moscow and Kiev, both, and not just one place.” I did not give the impression that I was hiding aggression . I have received here in this room, three or four times, a delegation from the Ukrainian government. We work together.”
“When I talk about Ukraine – he repeated – I’m talking about a martyr’s people. If you have a martyr’s people, you have a martyr’s person. When I talk about Ukraine, I’m talking about ruthlessness because I have a lot of information about the ruthlessness of the forces that enter. In general, perhaps the most ruthless are they Those who are from Russia but not from the Russian tradition, such as Chechens, Buryats, etc. Of course, the one who invades is the Russian state. This is very clear. Sometimes I try not to specify so as not to offend, but to condemn in general, even if it is known who was convicted. It is not necessary for me to put my name and surname.”
The Pontiff recalled again that “on the second day of the war, I went to the Russian Embassy (in the Holy See, ed.), an unusual gesture since the Pope had never been to an embassy. There I asked the ambassador to tell Putin that I was willing to travel on condition To give me a small window to negotiate. Lavrov, the high-ranking foreign minister, responded with a very nice message from which I realized it was not necessary at the moment.”
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