The Russian Orthodox Church is not obliged to obey the decision made by Ecumenical Patriarchate. Igor Yakimchuk, the Secretary of Foreign Relations Department of Moscow Patriarchate, claimed as RBK reported.
“The Orthodox Universal cathedral does not provide special privileges for Constantinople Patriarchate. Despite the honor privileges, which do not provide any power authority outside this church. Consequently, neither the Russian Orthodox Church nor any other has a need to obey the decisions of Constantinople,” he claimed.
Moreover, Yakimchuk emphasized that the current decision of Patriarch Bartholomew considered as “unorthodox Catholic” by the Russian Orthodox Church.
“Russian Church does not agree with such approach. It violates the purity of the Orthodox faith,” he claimed.
On October 11, the Synod lifted the anathema from Filaret, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, the Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that a united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.
In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russia’s Orthodox Church annexation of Kyiv metropole in 1686.
Later the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) decided to completely cease the Eucharistic relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. However, Constantinople claimed that it will not to cease ties with Russian Orthodox Church.
As is known, the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant the autocephaly for Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The respective document appeared on the official website of the Patriarchate. This outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'