Pope names conditions for visiting Kyiv, but appears to rule trip out

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Pope Francis
Pope Francis

"I want to go to Kyiv,” the Catholic leader said in an interview with the Argentinian outlet La Nacion on March 11.

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“But on the condition (that I also go) to Moscow. I’ll go to both places or to neither."

He then said "it is impossible (for him) to go to Moscow" at this time.

Pope Francis said he believes that a meeting between Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy isn't likely to take place at the Vatican, but it might be possible in another place.

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He also said that he had spoken twice with Zelenskyy by phone and the latter asked him to grant an audience to his wife Olena Zelenska. They scheduled the visit, but it was postponed because of the latest Russian mass missile attack on Ukraine.

The Pope said that he doesn't rule out that, due to its nature, the Russian aggression against Ukraine could be considered genocide in future.

The Pope’s comments have raised controversy in the past: in particular, he has supported a common Russian propaganda trope that the NATO defensive alliance “provoked” Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine.

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