MOSCOW -- Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican on July 4, Agence France-Presse reported on Thursday, citing a statement by Vatican Spokesman Alessandro Gisotti.
"I can confirm that the Holy Father will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican on July 4," Gisotti said.
The Kremlin earlier confirmed that Putin was expected to make a visit to Italy but said nothing about the date of the visit and the President’s plans to meet with Pope Francis.
In November 2018, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the date of Putin’s visit to Italy would be agreed on through diplomatic channels.
He pointed out that the invitation for the Russian leader to visit Italy had been mentioned during Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s visit to Russia on October 24, 2018.
In April, Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters that the Russian president planned to visit Italy in the summer. Italian Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano said later that Putin was expected to visit the country in July. (TASS)