Pope urges Putin to make 'sincere, great effort' for Ukraine peace




 
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June 11th, 2015  
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Topic: Pope urges Putin to make 'sincere, great effort' for Ukraine peace


By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A stern Pope Francis urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to make a "sincere and great effort" to achieve peace in Ukraine. The two met for about 50 minutes and agreed on the need to recreate a climate of dialogue in Ukraine and to implement a peace deal designed to end fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, the Vatican said. The meeting underlined how Francis has been increasingly using his role for diplomatic ends - particularly following the deal he brokered last year between Cuba and the United States to resume diplomatic relations after more than half a century.




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