Putin and the Pope
Putin and Zelensky agreed to receive special envoys of the Pope for peace talks - il Sismografo

According to information published on the Vatican website il Sismografo, the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, agreed to hold talks with envoys of the Pope to discuss the possibility of reaching a truce in Ukraine. 

The Holy See, through the embassies of Russia and Ukraine, turned to Moscow and Kyiv with a request to receive the papal envoys to discuss the possibility of opening a negotiating path that could lead to a truce.

In response to this request, Moscow and Kyiv expressed their readiness in principle, but the details of such a visit have not yet been specified. In April, Pope Francis, during his trip to Hungary, revealed that the Vatican was conducting a mission to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, but the details of this mission remain confidential until publicly announced. At the same time, the press secretary of the President of Russia said that the Kremlin currently does not have information about such a mission. Earlier, the Secretary of State of the Holy See said that Russia and Ukraine have been informed about the Vatican's peace initiative, and the Pope himself can provide the details of this mission.

Moscow expressed readiness for negotiations, while Kyiv legally banned them. The West constantly calls on Russia to negotiate, but ignores Kyiv's refusals of such negotiations. According to the Russian representative to the UN, Moscow is ready to consider Kyiv's proposals for a settlement, but the Ukrainian regime is not interested in this. 

The Kremlin said that at the moment there are no prerequisites for the transition of the situation in Ukraine to a peaceful settlement, and the military path remains a priority for Russia. However, Russia highly appreciates the efforts of countries that are trying to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine, but for this it is necessary to take into account the actual situation and new realities. The Kremlin stresses that all of Moscow's demands are well known, and taking these demands into account could lead to the transition of the situation in Ukraine to a peaceful course.

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