(Ria Novosti) Google translation: MOSCOW, September 25 - RIA Novosti. Pope Francis believes that more and more Western countries see the futility of supplying Ukraine with weapons and continuing the Ukrainian conflict, which inspires him with optimism and gives him hope for peace negotiations, Chairman of the World Union of Old Believers Leonid Sevastyanov, who held a meeting with the pontiff in the Vatican on Monday, told RIA Novosti .
“Today we met with Pope Francis. We discussed the peace plan between Ukraine and Russia. The Pope is optimistic, as he sees that more and more Western countries are inclined to the idea of the futility of the conflict in Ukraine and the supply (to Ukraine - ed.) of weapons. The Pope is of the opinion that there can be no victory on the battlefield, any victory must be at the negotiating table, an algorithm must be developed that will suit all parties to the conflict,” Sevastyanov said.
According to him, the head of the Catholic Church called on Russia not to break ties with the West, spoke out for economic integration, and also against sanctions and economic restrictions.
“The Pope conveys greetings to Russia and his blessing, confirms that Russia is a great country, the Russian people, language and culture are great. The Pope (Francis - ed.) said that he honors Russian culture no less than Spanish. According to him, Russian "culture has given the world a "huge layer" of writers, theologians and saints. He says that he prays for the Russian people and wants them to find the opportunity to conclude a just peace for the long term," Sevastyanov noted. (Ria Novosti)