A special envoy claims the Pope’s comments on ethnic minorities in Russia are an “allusion”
The Russian ambassador to the Vatican has filed a complaint about an interview conducted by Pope Francis in which he accused the Chechen and Buryat armies of specific origins. “cruelty” during Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine.
Alexander Avdeyev said he went to the Vatican’s diplomatic mission late Monday to deliver the letter.
“I express my indignation at such insinuations,” The ambassador said, referring to the Pope’s comments. “Nothing can shake the solidarity and unity of the multinational Russian people,” he told RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday,
In Monday’s interview with Jesuit America magazine, Pope Francis stated that “most cruel [among those fighting in Ukraine] perhaps people of Russian but not of Russian tradition, such as Chechens, Buryats [sic] and such.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova replied that the pope’s words were “No longer afraid of Russia. It’s a metamorphosis on a level that I can’t even name.”
Alexey Tsidenov, leader of Buryatia – a Russian Buddhist republic in southeastern Siberia – said Pope Francis’ comments were “at least strangely.” The Speaker of the Chechen parliament, Magomed Daudov, advised the Pope to listen to the people of Donbass, Chechens, Buryats and representatives of other countries of Russia became “saviors.”
A source at the Vatican told Russia’s Tass news agency on Tuesday that the Pope “don’t want to offend the nations of Russia in any way.” Holy See “We attach great importance to good relations with Russia and hope to continue working towards their development,” he emphasized.
According to the source, the Vatican will now check how accurate the translation of the pope’s words is. Pope Francis, from Argentina, gave an interview in Spanish that was later translated into English.
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