In ex-Soviet Georgia, pope issues veiled criticism of Russia

In ex-Soviet Georgia, pope issues veiled criticism of Russia
 

Pope Francis called for respect for international law and the sovereign rights of nations as he arrived in Georgia on Friday, an implicit criticism of Russia, which keeps troops in two breakaway areas of the ex-Soviet state.
But Francis measured his words carefully, in an apparent attempt not to hurt the Vatican's increasingly warm ties with the Kremlin-backed Russian Orthodox Church.
Georgia won independence in 1991 but the Kremlin's shadow still looms large. Russia, which fought a short war with Georgia in 2008, is one of the few countries that recognise the contested areas of Abkhazia... read more

 
30 September 2016 in World News, Views: 35
Source: Reuters
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