The Pope gave an interview to an American Jesuit magazine “America”in which he was responsible on questions about the war in Ukraine and on the “apparent reluctance” of direct condemnation Russia for war. Francis noted that he “refers to Ukraine as a nation of martyrs, and if you have martyrs, you have those who torture them.”
When I talk about Ukraine, I talk about cruelty because I have a lot of information about the cruelty of the soldiers who come [na wojnę – red.]. In general, perhaps the most cruel are those who are from Russia but are not of the Russian tradition, such as Chechens, Buryats, etc.
Pope said. He also confirmed that the aggressor in the Ukraine war is the Russian state. – It’s very clear. Sometimes I try not to be specific so as not to offend, but to condemn in general, although it is well known to whom I am condemning. Francis added that it was not necessary for me to put my name and surname.
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Russia responds sharply to the words of the Pope. “This is a perversion”
Moscow responded to accusations against Russian soldiers from ethnic minorities.
Pope Francis’ statements about Chechens and Buryats show not only Russophobia, but also a gross distortion of the truth.
It’s not Russophobia anymore, it’s a perversion, and I don’t even know on what level. Remember, in the 90s and early 2000s we were told exactly the opposite, that it was the Russians, the Slavs, who tormented the peoples of the Caucasus, and now we are told that it was the peoples of the Caucasus who tormented the Russians
– Zakharoy pointed out the distortion of the meaning of the pope’s statement, which spoke of atrocities against the Ukrainians.
Chechens are mostly Muslims. The Buryats, a Mongol ethnic group native to Buryatia, in eastern Siberia, traditionally follow Buddhism. “We are one family with the Buryats, Chechens and other representatives of our multinational and multi-religious country,” Zakharova wrote on Telegram.
In an interview, Francis noted that he spoke several times on the phone with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and communicated with the President of Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin Through the Ambassador of the Holy See. The Pope added: “Everyone knows my position [ws. wojny w Ukrainie – red.] – with or without Putin, without mentioning him by name.
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