Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, met today with
Sergei Lavrov, foreign minister of the Russian Federation.
"The meeting underscored the existing cordial relations and the
possibility of further developing them," said Vatican spokesman Joaquín
Navarro Valls in a press statement issued after the meeting.
The Holy See has relations of a special nature with the Russian
Federation and with the Palestine Liberation Organization. They are not
full relations, such as the Holy See enjoys with 172 other countries.
In view of future developments, "Minister Lavrov invited Archbishop
Giovanni Lajolo, secretary for relations with states, to Moscow next
autumn," revealed Navarro Valls.
Archbishop Lajolo also attended the meeting, as did Vitaly Litvin,
Russian ambassador to the Holy See.
"In the course of the meeting," added the director of the Vatican press
office, "there was an exchange of viewpoints on bilateral relations
between the Holy See and Russia and on the international situation,
with particular regard to the dialogue between cultures and to
collaboration within international organizations."