Moscow, October 15, Interfax - President Vladimir Putin and permanent members of the Russian Security Council discussed the influence that the decisions made by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople may have on the position of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine at a meeting on Friday, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
"An exchange of opinions took place. Obviously, the decisions discussed in Istanbul can have an effect on the life of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine in some way. This very issue was discussed," Peskov told journalists on Monday when asked what aspects of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's decisions were discussed at the Security Council meeting.
"We are talking about the Church related to the Moscow Patriarchate, we aren't talking about the church that the Moscow Patriarchate views as a schismatic one," Peskov said.