Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on August 23 with Vatican Secretary of state Pietro parolin. On Tuesday, August 22, the official website of the Kremlin.
The sides plan to discuss key issues in Russian-Vatican inter-state relations, including in political and cultural fields.
“They will also exchange views on topical issues on the international agenda, especially the situation of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, the situation in Syria and Ukraine”, — stated in the message.
Visit of cardinal Parolin to Russia started on August 21. Under the program, within three days of the Vatican hierarchy also plans to hold meetings with foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion.
Before visit to Moscow, in an interview with RIA Novosti, the Vatican’s Secretary of state has stated that he goes to discuss “problems related to conflicts that plagued many people, too many regions of the world.”