Poroshenko’s statements about the Church confronts the foreheads of the faithful, said Zakharov

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace in photomontage parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Kiev. Archival photoPoroshenko’s statements about the Church confronts the foreheads of the faithful, said Zakharov© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Castinplace the image Bank

The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that Ukraine’s President with his statements about the Church confronts the foreheads of believers, and is engaged in political games.

According to her, sorry, you can see the state manipulation on the subject of religions, religious beliefs and the rights of people to freedom of religions and variety of religions in Ukraine. As noted by Zakharov, it is a fact.

«I know how people defend and help defend the interests of believers and so on. But to engage with the reshaping of religious attitudes, beliefs at the state level the head of state, just to pursue a policy of frontal colliding by foreheads of believers, to use it not just for political purposes — this is another level, it was in the past. But just to engage in political games within the Church, to divide and conquer in the sphere to which you belong, and the President of Ukraine, as we all believe, is the President of a secular state», — said Zakharov.

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.»

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and creation on their basis one local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, outside the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Previously, he said that the government will not interfere in internal Church Affairs, but again spoke of the need of autocephaly for Ukraine.