Dmitry Pascutto: Sergey Guneev / RIA Novosti
Russia everywhere to protect Russian interests and Russian speakers, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the possibility of Moscow’s interference in ecclesiastical matters in Ukraine. It is reported RIA Novosti on Friday, October 12.
“Russia protects the interests of the Orthodox. It is absolutely legitimate and perfectly understandable position. It will be exclusively political-diplomatic means”, — said the representative of the Kremlin.
He stressed that Moscow would react to the persecution against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, part of the Moscow Patriarchate, just in case, “if indeed the Ukrainian authorities will not be able to keep the situation in the legal field and it will take some ugly manifestations, violent”.
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.
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