Moscow, November 8, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate is surprised at Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko's statement about the Russian Orthodox Church's place in Ukraine.
"When Mr. Poroshenko says that the Russian Orthodox Church has no business in Ukraine, what does he mean? Whom? One canonical Orthodox Church exists in Ukraine. And it is called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Its primate, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry, his clergy and congregation are Ukrainian citizens. Does the Ukrainian president mean them? Millions of Ukrainian citizens?" the head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda wrote on Telegram on Thursday.
At an international conference in Kiev on Wednesday, Poroshenko said the Russian Orthodox Church "has no business" in Ukraine.