“Pope Benedict XVI and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev spent more than half an hour speaking privately during what the pope termed ‘a very important meeting.’”
This was the first time a Russian leader had visited the Vatican since full diplomatic relations had been established between Russian and the Papacy in 2009.
The February 17, 2011 meeting was followed, as usual by a meeting between Medvedev and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state.
“The broad-ranging collaboration between the Holy See and the Russian Federation was recognized,” and talks included human and Christian values, the ecumenical dialogue and its contribution to society, as well as the geopolitical situation, particularly in the Middle East.
Medvedev also visited the Italian prime minister, Silvio Burlusconi to discuss energy cooperation with Italy.
“And all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3
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