Poroshenko Church question creates tension in the Ukraine, the expert believes

© RIA Novosti / Nikolay to Lazarenkova in Photobacterium of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Archival photoPoroshenko Church question creates tension in the Ukraine, the expert believes© RIA Novosti / Nikolay to Lazarenkova the image Bank

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, interfering in Church Affairs, trying to create tension in the country, to postpone the presidential election in 2019, said the Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS countries Vladimir Zharikhin.

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. The Patriarchate of Constantinople had previously reported that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv, they were Pamphylian Archbishop Daniel and Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton Canada. This decision strongly condemned the Orthodox Church, calling it an intrusion on the canonical territory of other local churches.

«They don’t have enough of Donbass, they do not have enough internal tension in the country, it is necessary to add all these games with an independent Ukrainian Church. This, of course, will create a very high voltage,» said Zharikhin of the round table on «Political, diplomatic, spiritual and linguistic split: where drifts Ukraine».

The expert believes that Poroshenko is seeking to cancel or to postpone the election due to low rating, however, feels that such a step through the aggravation of the situation in the East of Ukraine may result in the failure of the Ukrainian authorities, while the «transatlantic leadership does not allow you to play these games».

«So he decided another way-through the creation of internal tension, internal conflict on religious grounds – to do the same – to cancel or delay the presidential election. Because all the survey results show that for him the main task is not even victory in the elections, and the main task is to reach the second round, which he, apparently, ordinary electoral methods cannot reach,» said Zharikhin.

He noted that no matter how much the President or unraveled the anti-Russian rhetoric, «the radical electorate» it is not enough, because this elektrorat will be split between Poroshenko and leader of the party «Rodina», former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

«The closer the election, the more I doubt that they will pass in time,» — said Zharihin.

However, he believes that the LC and the DNI to «relax» is not necessary because Poroshenko can use the option, «which is what he is not allowed», with the aggravation of the situation in the East of the country and the state of emergency.

The next parliamentary and presidential elections will be held in Ukraine in 2019. Director of the Institute of analysis and forecasting Yuriy Lesnichiy previously reported that according to a survey of ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine, leader of the party «Batkivshchyna» Yulia Tymoshenko and former Minister of defence Anatoly Gritsenko, the leaders in the rating of candidates in the upcoming presidential election. According to him, Tymoshenko is ready to vote 13%, Gritsenko — 7,5%, for the current President of Petro Poroshenko to 7.1%.

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