The date of the council, where the representatives of Ukrainian Orthodox churches have to adopt a decision on the union of the Ukrainian Church and choose its primate, depends on the Ecumenical Patriarch. Filaret, the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate claimed this on the air of Radio Liberty.
‘It does not depend on us but it does on the Ecumenical Patriarch because he has to appoint his representative to this council. The council will be led by Ukrainian bishops, and the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch will be present at the council, as a representative but not as a chairman of the bishops' council. Ukrainian bishops will be the chairmen of the bishops' council,’ Filaret 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 the united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.
In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized the annexation of Kyiv metropole by tthe Russian Orthodox Church in 1686.
Besides, Petro Poroshenko and Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation between Ukraine and Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.