2019-05-30 19:45:00

Constantinople cannot solve complicated religious situation in Ukraine - Russian Orthodox Church

St. Petersburg, May 30, Interfax - The Patriarch of Constantinople cannot resolve the current problem around the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Russian Orthodox Church said.

"We are aware that Archbishop Chrysostomos II [the head of the Orthodox Church in Cyprus] has been making certain efforts to resolve the current situation in Ukraine. I would say that, first of all, this attests to the Patriarch of Constantinople's present inability to resolve, once again, the complex Ukrainian situation compounded by well-known anti-canonical decisions made in Fener," Vladimir Legoyda, head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations, told journalists on Thursday.

"The Russian Orthodox Church has repeatedly stressed the desire and the need for a pan-Orthodox decision on this issue because it cannot be resolved unilaterally," Legoyda said.

"I think that to some extent [Chrysostomos'] actions can be considered in line with the ROC proposal (...) He has consistently held talks with representatives from various local Churches, telling of the need to resolve the problem," Legoyda said.