The Government of the Russian Federation has approved the signing of an agreement with the Vatican on mutual recognition of diplomas of higher education, qualifications and academic degrees, Interfax reports. The document is aimed at providing the holders with access to continuing education and professional activities in accordance with the legislation of each of the parties.
The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation has been instructed to sign an agreement with the Vatican on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation. Also, Moscow and the Vatican have agreed to bolster bilateral cooperation within international and European agencies in order to protect Christians, as stated by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
During the talks of the Russian Minister with the Secretary of the Holy See for Relations with States, Paul Richard Gallagher, the parties specifically focused on the Middle East region, in particular the developments in Syria, Libya, and Iraq.
“We have agreed to strengthen cooperation on these issues – protection of Christians – in the UN, in the OSCE and in the Council of Europe,” the Russian Diplomat specified.
Lavrov noted that Russia welcomes the efforts of the Holy See aimed at “strengthening international stability, peaceful settlement of conflict situations and the development of an inter-Church dialogue”.
“We agreed to coordinate efforts at international platforms to defend the enduring spiritual and moral Christian values,” Lavrov said.