The U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo had a conversation with the newly elected Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy, as the press office of the State Department reported.
“Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on the phone with newly elected head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Metropolitan Epifaniy today to underscore the U.S. support for religious freedom and Ukrainian sovereignty. The Secretary encouraged respect for all Ukrainians’ ability to worship as they choose,” the press office stated.
As it was reported earlier, Ecumenical Patriarch and Synodus confirmed the illegal nature of annexation of Kyiv Metropolis by Moscow in 1686. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew confirmed that Tomos about autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be solemnly presented to Ukraine on Christmas Eve, January 6.