US Calls on Vatican to Toughen Anti-Russia Stance Inadmissible - Kremlin

© AFP 2022 / OSSERVATORE ROMANOPope Francis (L) meets with the newly appointed US Ambassador to the Holy See Kenneth F. Hackett in his private studio at the Vatican on October 21, 2013
Pope Francis (L) meets with the newly appointed US Ambassador to the Holy See Kenneth F. Hackett in his private studio at the Vatican on October 21, 2013 - Sputnik International
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The US ambassador to the Vatican's calls for Pope Francis to adopt a harsher anti-Russia stance is a blatant attempt to suppress third countries' sovereignty, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier media reports claimed US Ambassador to Holy See Kenneth Hackett urged Pope Francis, whom Russian President Vladimir Putin visited earlier in the day, to adopt a harsher anti-Russia stance.

"It is perhaps a blatant case of an attempt to suppress the sovereignty of other countries. You cannot describe it any other way."

From Russia's viewpoint, Putin's spokesman explained, Hackett's remarks were "absolutely inadmissible in international relations."

The US envoy reportedly answered a question at an unrelated briefing, where Hackett said "maybe this is an opportunity for the Holy Father to privately raise concerns."

Relations between Moscow and the West have suffered considerably since Crimeans voted in a referendum to rejoin Russia in March 2014, and the conflict in southeast Ukraine that erupted as a result of a political crisis there.

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