Moscow, April 13, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is expected to visit Uzbekistan in May-June 2017, according to Yevgeny Teryokhin, Deputy Director of the Third CIS Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
"Currently preparations are under way for the patriarchal visit to Uzbekistan," Teryokhin told the State Duma committee for CIS Affairs on Thursday.
The visit was initially "planned for April 21-25 of this year, but due to certain circumstances its dates could be moved to May-June of this year," he said.
The dates of the visit have yet to be confirmed, Teryokhin said.
"In principle, we sense a fairly loyal attitude in this country towards Russian Orthodox Church work," the diplomat said.
"Uzbekistan has 37 Russian Church parishes, three Orthodox monasteries and followers of Orthodox Christianity, mainly from among our Slavic compatriots, account for around 3% of the population of Uzbekistan," Teryokhin said.