After a visit to the Russian Federation, Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin noted that Moscow is responsible for peace in a number of regions of the world, reports DW.
"Russia has a particular responsibility regarding peace. Both the country and her leaders have a great responsibility regarding the building of peace and they must really strive to put the higher interests of peace above all other interests," - said Parolin.
The head of the government of Catholic city-state stressed that the Ukrainian issue provokes "considerable concern" in Vatican.
"First of all, the Holy See insists on solving humanitarian issues, starting with an important initiative of the Pope for Ukraine (...) One of the topics is the release of prisoners," said Parolin.
The second person in the hierarchy of the Vatican noted that the Russian authorities should put the interests of peace over all the others. He noted that this was exactly what he said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As reported, recently there has been a rapprochement between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church - Pope Francis continues to be blamed for incompetence regarding the history of Eastern Europe, belonging to the "left forces" and sympathy for Moscow.