'Sincere' efforts needed to achieve peace in Ukraine, Pope tells Putin

  • Pope Francis has discussed the Ukraine crisis with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting that lasted an hour, with the Pope calling for a “sincere” effort to achieve peace.

    The Pope also presented Putin with an “angel of peace” medallion.

    The pontiff’s remarks come days after US president Obama warned that the G7 nations would put additional sanctions on Russia in case the Ukraine conflict escalated.

    Earlier, Putin was welcomed by Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi in Rome.

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