Russian President Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis in the Vatican on Thursday at the start of his official visit to Italy.
The trip comes one day ahead of a visit to the Vatican by Ukraine’s Catholic leaders. Putin and Pope Francis are expected to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.
Putin will also meet with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella and hold talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe... Еще Conte.
The leaders are expected to discuss Russian-Italian cooperation in political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, as well as salient international issues.