The Egyptian Minister called the plans of Constantinople in relation to the UOC is illegal

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Counselingi the Patriarch, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew I. Archival photoThe Egyptian Minister called the plans of Constantinople in relation to the UOC is illegal© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

The Orthodox Church in Ukraine belongs to Moscow Patriarchate, which would be a Declaration of secession did Ukrainian politicians and representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, said a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church in the administrative center of Damietta in Northern Egypt father Panteleimon.

The Synod of the Russian Church on Friday went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople after he was appointed its Exarch to Ukraine is a canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate. In particular, it decided to cease commemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I during the Patriarch’s divine services in and out of structures, where preside the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in all its more than 1000-year history.

«The Church in Ukraine belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church, whatever was claimed about attempts to secede or gain independence. It doesn’t change her affiliation to the Moscow Patriarchate,» said father Panteleimon RIA Novosti.

He called the illegal appointment of two of the exarchs in Ukraine. «The interference of the Constantinople Patriarchate illegally. This is not a new problem. Today she is back. Very sad, all concerned with the further development of this crisis,» concluded the Egyptian priest.

The first time the Russian Orthodox Church interrupted the Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1996, when Constantinople granted autonomy to the Orthodox parishes in Estonia. In Kiev today often refer to this precedent, speaking about a possible escalation of the conflict between the two churches.