2019-05-20 11:13:00

Russian Orthodox Church calls on new Ukrainian authorities to stop discriminating against Russian language

Moscow, May 20, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church said that it believes that many things in Ukraine would be revised once Vladimir Zelensky assumes office and does not rule out the outgoing President Pyotr Poroshenko's team ending up on trial.

"I believe that, judging from his electoral campaign, Zelensky is a reasonable and wise person, who would not follow in the wake of Poroshenko's policy. And I believe that a lot of things that Poroshenko did will be revised. I believe it is possible that some figures from his [Poroshenko's] team, or perhaps even he himself, would end up on trial for those numerous lawless acts they committed," Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, said during the program The Church and the World on the Rossiya-24 TV.

He called on the new Ukrainian authorities not to continue Poroshenko's policy of discrimination against the Russian language.

Metropolitan Hilarion said he believes that Zelensky, who had written posts on social media in Russian before his election, switched to Ukrainian now, because his aides write them for him. "Or he [Zelensky] writes them himself in Russian and then translates into Ukrainian. Maybe, he decided to reply in the Ukrainian language on his own, of course. But, in my view, any attempt to discriminate against the Russian language in Ukraine is bound to fail," he said.