Russia accused the U.S. Church split in Ukraine


Sergey Labrutto: Vyacheslav Prokofyev / TASS

Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States in support of provocations against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from Constantinople. This is stated on the website of the Ministry of foreign Affairs.

“The Ukrainian Patriarchate had not his back turned to the Russian Orthodox Church because the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate speaks out against those provocations, which now picks the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew in direct public support from Washington,” he said.

According to the head of Department, a provocation intended to use two non-canonical schismatic Church in Ukraine (we are talking about the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church), which was never recognized by the Orthodox churches. He also noted that intervention in the life of the Church is prohibited by law in Ukraine, and Russia.

“When US special representative for Church relations directly welcomes the decision of Patriarch Bartholomew, when [Kurt] Walker (special representative of the US State Department on Ukraine — approx. “Of the”), which aims on behalf of the US to engage in the promotion of Ukrainian settlement on the basis of the Minsk agreements says what he says about these processes, we say “the thief’s hat is burning”,” — said Lavrov.

He also said that those who groundlessly accusing Moscow of meddling in its internal Affairs, doing the same thing, “as if it is the norm.”

The Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has previously stated that it has started the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine. It also adopted a decision on the removal of the anathema with the heads of the two non-canonical Church structures. Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin is watching these processes, but the state can not interfere in inter-Church dialogue.

In the Russian Orthodox Church condemned the decision of the Synod.

Video, photo All from Russia.


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