Card Parolin meets with Russian President Putin
(Vatican Radio) Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin yesterday met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the presidential residence in Sochi.
According to a statement from the Holy See Press Office the meeting lasted for about an hour and was held in a positive, friendly, and respectful atmosphere with an open exchange of views on various themes including international and bilateral relations.
At the end of the talks, the Secretary of State gave President Putin a bronze representation of an olive branch, a symbol of peace.
The Russian President returned the gesture with the gift of a collection of coins dedicated to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Cardinal Parolin was expected to celebrate a private Mass this morning at the Nunciature in Moscow before returning to Rome.