Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Azarov considers that the actions of Constantinople are Americans

© Photo : Ivano-Frankivs’ka parasvati Trinity Church in the village of Bohorodchany in Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ukraine. Archive photoFormer Prime Minister of Ukraine Azarov considers that the actions of Constantinople are Americans© Photo : Ivano-Frankivs’ka para

The decision of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to grant autocephaly to Ukraine are the Americans, said the Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, although not brought this specific evidence.

«I twice met with Bartholomew. This is a man who is afraid of his shadow… I never believe that this man, absolutely dependent, suddenly takes such a crucial decision. It is clear that the Americans had a hand, and he grew bolder,» — said Azarov at a press conference in Moscow.

The former Prime Minister said that in his meetings with Bartholomew he complained about the pressure of the Turkish authorities — for example, the hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople was forced to accept Turkish citizenship. In addition, Bartholomew asked Azarov to negotiate with the Turkish President Erdogan to remove the minaret from-under Windows of the Patriarchate.

According to the former Prime Minister, the danger to the decisions of Constantinople «in the destruction of the Ukrainian canonical Church, which has parishes in five times more than Filaret».

Azarov reminded that in the early 90-ies of Patriarch Alexy II gave the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, she became Autonomous.

«The appointment of a Metropolitan is happening without any coordination with the Moscow Patriarch. Finance all regardless of Moscow», — he said. «And then it will be what? The violent seizure of churches, temples, monasteries… Game fraught with blood, murder, victims,» — concluded Mr. Azarov.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and of establishing a local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine. Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. In addition, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated that it intends to provide Ukraine Autocephalous. In the UOC called such actions by invading the canonical territory of other local churches and called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop meddling and «exarchs» of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to leave Kiev.

The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church announced a cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew during the Patriarch’s divine services. In addition, a decision was made to exit from the structures, which is chaired by 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 thousand-year history.

The synods of the Russian Orthodox Church, Russian Orthodox Church abroad and Moscow has suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In the Russian Orthodox Church noted that none of the local churches does not support the project of Ukrainian autocephaly.

Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Azarov considers that the actions of Constantinople are Americans© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous