Russia is not aware of the Vatican's mission to help resolve the conflict with Ukraine, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Tuesday.
"No. We know nothing about it," Peskov said.
A Ukrainian official close to the President Volodymyr Zelensky's office also told CNN Monday that Kyiv has “no knowledge” of a peace mission involving the Vatican.
“President Zelensky has not consented to any such discussions on Ukraine’s behalf,” the official said. “If talks are happening, they are happening without our knowledge or our blessing".
These comments come after Pope Francis on Sunday told journalists that the Vatican is part of a mission to end the war in Ukraine. “The mission is in the course now, but it is not yet public,” he said after a three-day trip to Hungary.
“When it is public, I will reveal it,” the pope added.