Russia demands the reaction of the countries «Norman Quartet» on the oppression of the UOC

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotobanka-Pechersk Lavra. Archival photoRussia demands the reaction of the countries «Norman Quartet» on the oppression of the UOC© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Russia demands an unambiguous response from the other leaders of the Normandy format (it besides Russia and Ukraine are Germany and France), the Austrian chairmanship of the OSCE and its States parties to attempt to pull the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the political conflict in Ukraine. On Thursday in his speech at the OSCE permanent Council said the Deputy permanent representative of Russia at Dmitry Balakin.

He recalled that in the reports of the Special monitoring mission of the OSCE in Ukraine recorded the facts, reflecting the policy of the power of alienation of Church property by the example of the temple in Rivne region. In addition, on Thursday the Verkhovna Rada is going to consider the resonance of the anti-Catholic laws, however, did not do due to insufficient number of votes for their adoption.

«Clearly the expected reactions of other leaders of the Normandy format, the Austrian OSCE presidency (Minister of foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurtz sent a message from Metropolitan Hilarion), the Executive structures of our Organization, of the States parties to this without a doubt emergency. It will be judged on how much they are sincere and consistent in defending the norms and principles of OSCE,» said Balakin.

He noted that in the case of the adoption of controversial laws «will be unheard of legalized discriminatory practices against the majority of Orthodox population of Ukraine, which will be a flagrant example of violation of human rights, freedom of religion and a violation of international norms and obligations, of the Constitution of Ukraine».

«Attempts to involve Ukrainian Orthodox Church – the largest in the country – in political confrontation taken by Kiev not for the first time. Another step in this direction will exacerbate the civil conflict in Ukraine, giving it a religious dimension, and of course complicate the implementation of the Minsk agreements», — said the Deputy Ambassador.

Ukraine operates the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Autonomous Church within the Moscow Patriarchate), and also unrecognized by the world Orthodox of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. However, the UOC-MP has repeatedly reported on the harassment of the clergy and the seizure of Orthodox churches by representatives of the UOC-KP. In particular, in 2014-2016, the UOC-MP has lost 40 temples.

The Ukrainian Parliament plans to consider two resonant draft law on the status of religious organizations. The first suggests that religious organizations, senior centers are in the state recognized Ukraine «aggressor country» will be able to appoint metropolitans and bishops only in agreement with the authorities. The second bill proposes to give the congregation the right to change the jurisdiction of the communities, which operate both in Ukraine and abroad. The UOC-MP consider these repressive laws and the fear that they will legitimize the seizure of the temples.


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