The Ukrainian authorities have no knowledge of the Vatican peacekeeping mission that Pope Francis spoke about on Sunday, CNN reported, citing a source in President Zelensky’s circles. Francis did not provide details of the said mission. He assured that it will be made public when possible.
During a Sunday press conference on board the plane, the pope said he was ready to do everything possible for peace in the Ukraine. Then he added that “a mission is underway that has not yet been publicly announced.”
Pope: We didn’t just talk about Little Red Riding Hood
Asked if he discussed the possibility of mediation on Ukraine with the prime minister Hungarian Viktor Orban and the Orthodox Metropolitan of Budapest Hilarion from the Moscow Patriarchate, Francis replied: – During these meetings we did not only talk about Little Red Riding Hood.
The pope’s response is interpreted in the media as suggesting that the Ukraine issue was taken up during these talks. “Peace is always built by being open to dialogue, not closing it off,” Francis said.
CNN: Vatican mission “without the blessing” of the authorities in Kiev
The American station CNN, citing an anonymous official from the circle of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, reported that the Ukrainian authorities had no knowledge of the peacekeeping mission the Vaticanwhich he did not provide details Pope Francis.
“President Zelensky did not give permission for such talks on behalf of Ukraine. If they are taking place, they are taking place without our knowledge and blessing,” said CNN’s interlocutor from the Ukrainian leader’s circle, who wished to remain anonymous.
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