Pope: NATO, “barking at Russia’s door,” shares blame for Ukraine

Source: Religion News Service

“Pope Francis told an Italian newspaper on Tuesday (May 3) that NATO may be partly to blame for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and he said he hopes to visit Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in hopes of brokering a peace. Talking to reporters from Il Corriere della Sera, Francis said that ‘NATO barking at Russia’s doors’ may have raised alarms in the Kremlin about the Western European alliance’s intentions in Ukraine. ‘I can’t say if (Russia’s) anger was provoked,’ he continued, ‘but facilitated, maybe yes.’ … [Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro] Parolin issued a message from the pope to Putin after 20 days of war in Ukraine, Francis said, which stated his intention to visit Moscow. ‘We have not yet received an answer and we are still pushing,’ the pope said, ‘even if I fear that Putin does not want to have this meeting at this time.'” (05/03/22)