ROME, ITALY:  Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves a car after arrival to the Vatican for a private audience with Pope John Paul II, 5 November, 2003. Putin who is in Italy for a two-day official visit to attend Thursday's EU-Russia summit, said that it will be an 'important step in the strategic rapprochement' of the two entities. The upcoming summit in Rome will be the last such formal meeting before the EU brings in 10 new members next May, the majority of them Moscow's former communist satellites. AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MARMUR  (Photo credit should read MAXIM MARMUR/AFP via Getty Images)