Russia protests Vatican's criticism of 'special military operation' in Ukraine


Pope Francis attends a meeting with members of the National Network of Schools of Peace at the Vatican, November 28, 2022. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

(Reuters) - Russia's envoy has expressed Moscow's strong dissatisfaction to the Vatican following Pope Francis' latest condemnation of the "cruelty" of Russia's actions in Ukraine, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Tuesday.

Francis had told the Jesuit magazine America in an interview: "When I speak about Ukraine, I speak about the cruelty because I have much information about the cruelty of the troops that come in. Generally, the cruellest are perhaps those who are of Russia but are not of the Russian tradition, such as the Chechens, the Buryati and so on. Certainly, the one who invades is the Russian state. This is very clear."

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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