MOSCOW (Sputnik) — During the visit the top diplomat of the Holy See is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill.
In the talks with the Russian leadership, Parolin is expected to touch upon urgent international problems such as the situation in the Middle East, in Ukraine and in the South Caucasus.
However, earlier in August, Parolin told the Italian Corriere Della Sera newspaper that one of the aims of his trip to Russia was to make preparations for the potential visit of Pope Francis to the country.
Pope Francis has never visited Russia. The heads of the Russian Orthodox Church and Catholic Church met for the first time in 2016 in Cuba’s capital, Havana.