Pope Francis said in a recent interview that he would prefer to go to Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin and blamed NATO for provoking the war in Ukraine.
“I feel that before going to Kyiv, I must go to Moscow,” he told Corriere Della Sera in an interview on Tuesday. He added that the war happened because NATO was “barking at Russia’s door,” which he said caused Russia to “react badly and unleash the conflict.”
The main goal of the NATO strategy against Russia has been said to pin Russia into a corner by bringing NATO members closer and closer to Russia (i.e., Moscow and Kaliningrad) so that they can be attacking it from various directions.
Ukraine has become central to this offensive strategy. The Russian government has criticized this strategy but NATO has denied such allegations.