Klimkin commented, «the departure of Ukraine from the Russian Orthodoxy»

© Flickr / NATOГлава the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin. Archival photoKlimkin commented, «the departure of Ukraine from the Russian Orthodoxy»© Flickr / NATO

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine leaves the Russian Orthodox Church and returned to the world, that, in his opinion, will be better, «even for the Russian Church.»

On Saturday the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation and interaction between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

«The words of His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew to us: «Make yourselves at home!». No place like home, namely the house. We leave Russian Orthodoxy and return to the world, and this will be a positive future for us, for the world Church community and even for the Russian Church,» wrote Klimkin in his microblog on Twitter.

As said on Saturday, commenting on the agreement, head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media of the Moscow Patriarchate, Vladimir Legoyda, the cooperation agreement does not create any Ukrainian Church. He noted that «all of these «concordats» the Ukrainian authorities with Panaram do not change anything for the millions of believers in Ukraine.»

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get only the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in the division.Klimkin commented, «the departure of Ukraine from the Russian Orthodoxy»© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be