Saint Andrew’s Church will be donated to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for religious services, religious rites, ceremonies and processions under a condition that the Ecumenical Patriarchate will adhere the legislation on the security of the cultural inheritance of Ukraine. The building itself remains the property of the government.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko registered the bill in the Ukrainian Parliament on October 17. The MPs endorsed the President’s initiative on the next day with 237 positive votes (226 are necessary to pass, - 112 International). Recently, the Leader of the State has signed the adopted law.
Earlier, the press office of the National Reservation 'Sofia Kyivska' reported that an agreement on the transfer of the Saint Andrew’s Church to the use of the Ecumenical Patriarchate would be concluded with the representatives of Constantinople.