2017-12-01 14:58:00

There are no plans for meeting between Patriarch Kirill and head of "Kiev patriarchate" - Metropolitan Hilarion

Moscow, December 1, Interfax - No meeting between Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the head of the so-called Kiev Patriarchate is expected in the near future, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said.

"A meeting between Patriarch Kirill and the head of the "Kiev Patriarchate" is not planned," the metropolitan said at a press conference in Moscow on Friday.

"There are contradicting tendencies in the "Kiev Patriarchate": there are people who hold clear autocephalous positions [for granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church full independence] and who do not have any issues for discussion except for autocephaly. And there are people who want a more constructive dialogue," Metropolitan Hilarion said.

The Russian Orthodox Church has created a commission to conduct negotiations with the structure led by former Metropolitan Filaret of Kiev and All Ukraine, he said.

"If these negotiations are a success, we can talk about further things as well," the metropolitan said, adding that dialogue can only begin "if we don't set any preconditions."