Russian President Vladimir Putin can raise a new wave of aggression against Ukraine due to the decision of Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to grant the autocephaly to Ukrainian Orthodox Church as The Jamestown Foundation reported.
According to the message, the independent church of Ukraine endangers the plans of Putin to build the Russian World that includes western post-Soviet countries, such as Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.
Such state of affairs can force Putin to block Moldova's way to the EU as well as to absorb Belarus to prevent these countries creation of their own independent churches.
One of the possible scenarios of Putin's actions is the escalation with the situation in Ukraine, using the hybrid means of aggression against the country. It can cause two main consequences: the new sanctions against Russia and request of the world community to terminate the provision of the autocephaly to Ukraine as it causes the great resonance in the world order.
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.
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.'