Chairman of the Supreme Soviet Sevastyanov held a meeting with Blinken in the USA at the request of the Pope.
MOSCOW, December 8 – RIA Novosti. Leonid Sevastyanov, President of the World Old Believers Union (WBU), who maintains his relations with Pope Francis, told RIA Novosti that, upon the instruction of the pope, he informally met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington and conveyed this to him. The Pope’s position that the restoration of Ukraine should be financed by actions, not weapons.
He said he held informal meetings, on the Pope’s instructions, particularly “with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the representative of the Republican parliamentary majority in Congress.”
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“I am in Washington on a mission of Pope Francis. The Pope hopes that hostilities will end by Catholic Christmas, December 25, that a ceasefire will be achieved by this time, and that negotiations will begin from that date. The Pope believes that this should be done. The armament of Ukraine is now financing should not be provided, only post-war reconstruction should be financed,” Sevastyanov told RIA Novosti.
According to Sevastyanov, the Pope believes that the United States must understand: the Ukrainian people do not want war. The head of the Supreme Council said the Pope’s stance conveyed that there was also a visible desire in the United States to resolve the conflict and that the Pope was optimistic about the prospects for ending the conflict.
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“The Pope’s position is that negotiations should be opened because Ukraine itself does not want war, and America should act as one of the mediators between Ukraine and Russia. That is, it should not just stand on the side of Ukraine.” Sevastyanov added.
He also said he was teaching a course at Georgetown University on the possibility of a peaceful solution in Ukraine.
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