'Ukrainians have a right for the autocephaly, as well as all the Balkan nations, which were within a direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch for some time, but it’s time for them to be independent. Why do all the rest have autocephaly, while 45-50 million Ukrainians don’t? This is not fair,' he said.
He assured that Ukraine’s question would be discussed 'in a usual order and for the good of the Ukrainian nation'.
In addition, he noted that the question of gaining the autocephaly for the Ukrainian church was not something new. It has become an urgent issue after Ukraine became independent in 1991.
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. However, Constantinople claimed that it will not to cease ties with Russian Orthodox Church.
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.'