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

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 10, 2015 2:39 PM

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to commit himself to a "sincere and great effort" to achieve peace in Ukraine, the Vatican said.

A statement issued after the two met for about 50 minutes in the Vatican also said the two agreed on the need to recreate a climate of dialogue and to implement the Minsk agreement, a peace deal struck in the Belarus capital Minsk earlier this year.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Hugh Lawson)