2018-02-22 13:35:00

Lavrov warns against involving Orthodox Churches in political games

Belgrade, February 22, Interfax - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he is confident that the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches will be able to live through this "difficult time," when attempts are being made in various countries to involve churches in political games, with dignity.

During his speech at the presentation of the mosaic dome of the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade on Thursday, Lavrov said that "today's event symbolizes spiritual and cultural closeness between our citizens, our Churches."

"It seems to me especially important to demonstrate such unity in a period when the Russian Orthodox Church and the Serbian Orthodox Church are going through a strength test. We all see how attempts are being made to involve Churches in political games in Ukraine, in Montenegro, or in Macedonia," he said.

Lavrov said the Orthodox faith "has always given confidence in what our churchgoers do, in what our citizens do."

"And I am also convinced that our churches will live through these difficult times with dignity, like Orthodox Christians have always done," the Russian foreign minister said.