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Pope Francis Tells Ukraine To Have ‘The Courage To Negotiate’ With Russia

Pope Francis, in a soon-to-be-published interview, insisted that Ukraine should have the “courage” to enter into negotiations with Russia to end the war between the two countries before “things get worse.”

Ukraine entered its third year of war with Russia on February 24 after a failed counterattack and faced the prospect of delays and diminishing Western aid. President Francis said Ukraine should negotiate because the prospects of winning the war were receding. according to Transcript and clip of the interview shared with Reuters on Saturday. (Related: 2025 defense spending plan fails to meet White House demands, experts point out Congress's rant about deterring China)


According to Reuters, in an interview scheduled to be broadcast on March 20, Prime Minister Francis declared, “I think the strongest people are those who look at the situation, think about the people, and negotiate with the courage of a white flag.'' “The word negotiation is a courageous word. When you find yourself defeated and things are not going well, you have to have the courage to negotiate,” Francis said.

“Some people may find it embarrassing,” Francis added. (People should) negotiate in time and find a country that will act as a mediator. Don't be ashamed to negotiate before things get worse. ”

The Pope also said at one point that “negotiations are never surrender,” suggesting he was ready to support negotiations.

President Joe Biden's White House denies Reuters report In February, he said in a statement to the Daily Caller that his administration had played a role in squashing a possible Russian ceasefire proposal for Ukraine. The White House told the Caller that the report was from Russia's biased perspective and that neither Russia nor Putin had ever floated a cease-fire proposal.

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