ROME (Sputnik) – Putin told Italian President Sergio Mattarella that his busy day was "very interesting and productive."
"We worked well with the head of the government, the meeting with the pontiff was good."
The Pope presented Putin with a medal depicting an angel of peace and solidarity during the meeting, while the Russian president gifted the pontiff a panel depicting an image of Christ.
After the meeting with the Pope, Putin met briefly with Mattarella. The two presidents shook hands and took photographs in front of the flags of the two countries.