Moscow, November 9, Interfax - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has noted Pope Francis' attentive and respectful attitude to Moscow's stances on international issues.
"I would like to highlight Pope Francis' attentive and respectful attitude to Russian stances on international issues," he said at a meeting with the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States Paul Richard Gallagher.
Russia is interested in strengthening further cooperation with the Vatican and development of relations in multilateral formats, firstly, in United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Council of Europe, Mishustin said. He also mentioned that Russian President Vladimir Putin has already met with Pope Francis three times.
"It is important that Russia and the Holy See are united by efforts in overcoming global challenges, countering terrorism and extremism, and protecting the Christian population in conflict zones. By our joint efforts we can do a lot for the resolution of moral issues, the assertion of humanitarian approaches in international relations, and the development of an inter-faith dialogue," the prime minister said.
He also expressed interest in expansion of cooperation in healthcare with the Vatican.
"Before the pandemic, about twenty Russian children were receiving treatement at the Vatican's clinic every year, unique surgeries and neurosurgical treatment were performed," Mishustin said.
Cooperation in education needs to be developed as well, he said.
"This will be facilitated by the signing of an agreement on mutual recognition of education, qualifications and academic degrees between the Russian Federation and the Holy See, talks on its draft are in the final stage," he said.