2018-11-07 14:45:00

Russian Orthodox Church has no business in Ukraine Poroshenko

Kiev, November 7, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has no business in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said.

In his speech at the high-level international conference "Lessons of a Hybrid Decade: What One Must Know to Move Forward Successfully" in Kiev on Wednesday, Poroshenko said, citing Putin, that Russia rests on two pillars: the Russian Orthodox Church and nuclear weapons.

"Is it okay that the Russian Security Council immediately meets under the leadership of Putin with one issue on the agenda - how to protect the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine? My dear, you have no business here. Your church, your armed forces, your weapons have no business here. Go home, to Russia," Poroshenko said.

He also said he hopes that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will not delay the convocation of a council in Ukraine to create a unified local Orthodox church and grant it a tomos on autocephaly.