The conflict in the Donbas will be one of the main topics of the meeting between the Russian President and the head of the Vatican City. At the meeting, which will be held on June 10, Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis will discuss the war in Ukraine, says Yuri Ushakov, the Russian leader's aide, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.
"They will discuss bilateral relations and current international issues, in particular, the situation in Ukraine, the status of the Christians in the Middle East, the need to protect their interests," said Ushakov at a briefing in Moscow.
He noted that during the discussion of the conflict in the Donbas, the interlocutors might talk about the activity of the so-called Uniates in Ukraine. Answering the question about the possibility of holding the meeting of the Pope and Vladimir Putin in Russia, Ushakov said that this issue was not only a political one.
"I do not know whether they would touch upon the issue of the Pope's visit, because this issue concerns not only our states but also of our Church leaders," Ushakov said.
He also noted that the political dialogue between Russia and the Vatican was stable. "Formal relations were established in March 1990, diplomatic ones – on December 9, 2009. Putin met with Francis in November 2013, and before – with John Paul II in 2000 and 2003 and with Benedict XVI in March 2007," Ushakov reminded.