The situation around the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine was discussed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the permanent members of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. This is reported by the press service of the Kremlin.
"The meeting participants exchanged views on the situation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine after the decision of the Synod of Constantinople Patriarchate to proceed with the provision of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine, the abolition of the certificate of 1686 to transfer the Kyiv metropolis under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate," said in the press service of the President of the Russian Federation.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speakers of both houses of parliament Valentina Matvienko and Vyacheslav Volodin, head of the Kremlin administration Anton Vaino, secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, interior ministers Vladimir Kolokoltsev, foreign affairs minister Sergey Lavrov, defense minister Sergey Shoigu, director of the Feeral Security Service Alexander Bortnikov, special representative of the president for environmental protection, ecology and transport Sergey Ivanov.
The details of the meeting are not known, however, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov commented on church affairs in Ukraine.
"This provocation was conceived in order to use two non-canonical schismatic churches in Ukraine (the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church), which have never been recognized by any Orthodox Church, but convened the Holy Synod. Patriarch Bartholomew recognized canonical and removed the anathema from the two hierarchs who lead these schismatic churches."
We remind you that on October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate supported the extension of the granting of autocephaly to Ukraine, and also officially approved that the mother church of Ukraine is Constantinople. The Synod also removed the anathema from the head of the UOC-KP Filaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Macarius. The head of the UOC-Kyiv Patriarchate, Filaret, said that in the near future a unifying Bishops' Council would be held to create a single Ukrainian local church.