The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) decided to completely cease the Eucharistic relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the press service of the Russian Orthodox Church reports.
The report said that the corresponding decision of the Synod was made at a meeting of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in Minsk "in connection with the encroachment of the Constantinople Patriarchate on the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church."
"The adoption of the dissenters and the person anathematized in another Local Church with all the bishops and clergy, the encroachment on other people's canonical inheritances, the attempt to renounce their own historical decisions and commitments makes it impossible for us to continue Eucharistic communion with its hierarchs, clergy, and laity," the statement said.
The ROC indicates that "from now on, until the Constantinople Patriarchate refused the anticanonical decisions it made for all clergymen of the Russian Orthodox Church, it is impossible to serve with the clergy of the Constantinople church, and for the laity - to participate in the sacraments performed in its churches."
Earlier, the ROC announced "certain decisions regarding Ukraine" at the Synod in Minsk.
We reported that Ecumenical Patriarchate's decision to grant Ukraine the autocephaly is definitely a setback for the Kremlin, and the historical win for Ukraine. Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy in Ukraine, said this in his interview with UNIAN news agency, as he shared his vision on granting Tomos for Ukraine's Orthodox Church.
'They [Russian leaders] are driving the Ukrainian people away from their historic relationship with Russia. Ukraine today is more unified, more nationalist, more oriented toward Europe and Nato and the West than it has even been true before, and that's a direct result of Russia's intervention in Ukraine and killing of Ukrainians,' he said as quoted by EUObserver.
The official insisted that the ongoing hostilities in Donbas are nothing but Russia-designed and Russia-led operation, and the EU and the U.S. are aware of that. "This is purely a Russia-controlled operation, as opposed to any kind of indigenous conflict," he said as UNIAN quoted him.
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.'