Pope Francis to receive Putin on June 10

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) held a private audience with Pope Francis during a 2013 visit to the Vatican (AFP Photo/Claudio Peri)

Vatican City (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will be received by Pope Francis on June 10, a Vatican spokesman said on Thursday.

The visit will be Putin's second meeting with the Argentinian pontiff and the first since the crisis in Ukraine soured relations between Moscow and the West.