The meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Pope Francis continued for about 50 minutes. The head of the Vatican urged the Russian leader to make "sincere efforts to achieve peace" in Ukraine. The participants of the meeting agreed that one should observe the terms of the Minsk Accords to resolve the "Ukrainian crisis." The pontiff and the Russian president also expressed concerns about the situation of the Christian community in the Middle East.
During the meeting, Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis exchanged gifts. Putin presented the Pope with a panel picture depicting the cathedral of Christ the Savior, as well as several volumes of the Orthodox Encyclopedia. Francis gave Putin a medallion depicting, according to the pontiff, the angel of peace, who "wins all wars and calls for unity of all people in the world."
It is worthy of note that Pope Francis agreed to conduct the meeting with the Russian president after the leaders of the Group of Seven did not invite Putin for the summit. In addition, Putin conducted a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and President Sergio Mattarello.
When General Wesley Clark spoke about the famous list of seven Middle Eastern countries to be demolished in five consecutive years, he has done nothing but remark, for the last time, if there was any need, Washington's willingness to redesign the Middle East within a more general framework of global domination.
In the region and in the worldб America and China seem to have become the major rivals. The Asia-Pacific region seems to have become the main area of this rivalry