In the Federation Council spoke about the intervention of Kiev and Washington in the Affairs of the UOC

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The interference of the leadership of Ukraine and the United States in the internal matters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is contrary to the secular nature of the Ukrainian statehood and undermines the foundations of cooperation between the state and religious organizations, said the head of Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation on constitutional legislation and state construction Andrey Klishas.

Earlier Tuesday, the press service of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the head of state met with U.S. representative on the freedom of religion Sam Brownback, who assured that «the United States will continue to support Ukraine in the struggle for the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity, the right to have a United Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.»

«Blatant intervention of the Ukrainian leadership on the issue associated with the establishment of the so-called independent Ukrainian Church, does not hold water. Acting contrary to the provisions of the Constitution, the leadership of Ukraine once again shows his real attitude to restrictions, provided that its provisions,» said Senator RIA Novosti.

He recalled that article 35 of the Constitution stipulates that «the Church and religious organizations in Ukraine are separate from the state,» the provisions of article 36 state that «all associations of citizens are equal before the law.» The MP noted that «the Ukrainian leadership is using the provision of so-called Autocephalous status of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, only solves the political problem that undermines the constitutional principles of the secular state and the independence of religious organizations».

According to Klishas, «no less important is the fact that the violation of the independence of religious associations in Ukraine by foreign States, again in complete and full support of the current Ukrainian authorities.»

«The statement of US Ambassador at large for international religious freedom that the United States will continue to support Ukraine in the struggle for the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, show the real US attitude towards the sovereignty of other countries in their internal Affairs», – said the Senator.

The MP stressed that «a secular state does not exclude the possibility of providing religious organizations support.» But he is convinced that the most important issues «must be resolved by religious organizations independently from national authorities and foreign countries, and especially regardless of the political situation». The crisis of statehood should not go into a crisis, other public institutions, concluded the legislator.

Last Friday, the Patriarchate of Constantinople said that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. This decision strongly condemned the Moscow Patriarchate, calling it an intrusion on the canonical territory of other local churches. The Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion said that the Moscow Patriarchate will break Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the event of the giving them the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.

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