Bocharov Ruchei, Sochi, August 23, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has welcomed direct dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican.
"I know that you had a conversation with Patriarch Kirill. We welcome the dialogue that has been started directly between the Holy See and the Russian Orthodox Church," Putin said at a meeting with the Vatican's Secretary of State Pietro Parolin on Wednesday.
"The universal human humanitarian values, which the Holy See and our Church are defending, lie at the foundation between the two Churches and at the foundation of the relations between Russia as a state and the Vatican," Putin said.
The president recalled the warm welcome he received at the Vatican. "We appreciate the trust-based dialogue that has established between the Holy See and Russia. The agreements reached during my contacts with Pope Francis are being steadily implemented, and we are glad that the inter-church dialogue continues," Putin said.
For his part, the cardinal thanked Putin for the invitation to visit Russia and meet. "A very cordial congratulation from His Holiness Pope Francis who remembers your meetings and remembers very well," Parolin said.