Archbishop Ambrose commented on the refusal of entry to Ukraine

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Rector of the Moscow theological Academy (MDA), Archbishop of verey Ambrose (Ermakov), which on Wednesday was not allowed to Ukraine, said that he was denied by the guards at the «openly far-fetched reasons» and called the act «illustration «love»» of which so much is said lately Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

«I arrived in Kyiv to participate in the worship services of the day of memory of St Nestor the Chronicler in the annual act of the Kiev theological Academy (KDA). I was detained at the checkpoint and airport «Kiev» (Juliani), held in the office of the border service for a job interview and was denied entry to the territory of Ukraine,» wrote the Archbishop Ambrose, in his Telegram channel.

According to him, in the paper issued to him by the guards, had been officially specified «frankly contrived reason» that he «can not confirm the purpose of the intended stay on the territory of Ukraine». At the same time, the Bishop noted that he had a invitation from the rector of the KTHA Bishop Sylvester, and his residence was planned with the other guests at the hotel Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. When he said this and asked how to understand this cause, the guards did not answer.

Archbishop Ambrose also reminded that President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday declared that the priests of the Russian Orthodox Church has «nothing to do» in Ukraine and urged them to leave the country.

«As it turned out later, an hour before my arrival in Kiev the group «the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine» appeared the information that I’m going to the country. With calls not to let the accusations that I’m almost in the KGB are. For me, this whole situation is the illustration of «love», about which so much said lately Patriarch Bartholomew, placing it in opposition to the actions of the «Northern brethren,» that is, clergymen of the Russian Orthodox Church,» — said the rector of MDA.

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 Moscow Patriarchate.

The Synod also 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 schism.

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