28 April 2021, 12:15
Zelensky calls Vatican optimal venue for meeting with Putin
Kiev, April 28, Interfax - Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky believes that a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin could take place at the Vatican.
"Yes, indeed, it could be the optimal venue from all standpoints. The Vatican is truly an ideal place for dialogue on peace, because the Holy See is a global moral authority, which has always effectively played a role as a mediator, as it is unbiased and enjoys the trust of all participants in a conflict. This is why historically the Apostolic capital has often been appealed to to help resolve conflicts between states and to promote a peaceful future," Zelensky said in an interview with the La Repubblika newspaper, which was also published on the Ukrainian presidential website on Wednesday.
Zelensky said this after being asked whether Rome or the Vatican could host his meeting with the Russian president.
"The venue for the meeting should be trusted by both sides, while a mediator with such authority could provide the confidence that is lacking in attempts between Ukraine and Russia to reach agreement," he said.
"This is what makes the Vatican different from other world actors: the Vatican remains an exclusively moral force and always acts in an uninterested way, without having its own military-political or economic interests. There is both its authority, its sincere desire to help, and guarantees of responsibility. The pope is a prophet of peace by his mission," Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian president also expressed confidence that "such a meeting will certainly take place."
"As a starting point, the meeting should take place in territory that personifies peace and dialogue," he said.