Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis exchanged gifts after their bilateral meeting in the Vatican on Thursday at the start of the Russian leader’s official visit to Italy.
Putin gave Pope Francis an icon with the image of the apostles Peter and Paul and a DVD of the film Sin by Andrei Konchalovsky about the artist Michelangelo.
In turn, Pope Francis gave Putin a greetings message... Еще dedicated to the 2019 International Day of Peace, an official medal dedicated to the sixth year of Pope Francis' pontificate and a painting of Saint Peter's Square by Giuseppe Vasi.
Putin will also meet with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella and hold talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
The leaders are expected to discuss Russian-Italian cooperation in political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as salient international issues.