The Pontiff offered to pray for the success of the negotiations in the Normandy format.

Pope Francis said that a war in Ukraine would be “madness” and expressed hope that tensions in the country’s relations with Russia could be overcome through a multilateral dialogue.

Speaking at a general audience, Francis thanked those who took part in his proposed international day of prayer for peace in Ukraine on January 26.

“Let’s continue to pray to God for peace, so that tensions and threats of war can be overcome through serious dialogue, and that negotiations in the Normandy format contribute to achieving this goal,” he said.

The participants of the Normandy format are Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France.

“And let’s not forget: war is madness,” the pontiff added.