Pope Benedict XVI and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pose at the Vatican Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI and visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed Thursday to to upgrade Vatican-Kremlin relations to full diplomatic ties, the Vatican said. The meeting followed improvements in relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican. A Vatican statement said the two men agreed that Russia will upgrade its representation at the Vatican from a special mission to embassy level and that the Vatican will reciprocate in Moscow.
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