In Kiev are unable to provide the media a copy of the agreement with Constantinople

© AFP 2018 / Yasin AkgulПрезидент of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Archival photoIn Kiev are unable to provide the media a copy of the agreement with Constantinople© AFP 2018 / Yasin Akgul

The administration of the President of Ukraine was unable to provide reporters a copy of the cooperation agreement with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which was signed by President Petro Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew, asked for a delay, reports on Wednesday, the news Agency «Ukrainian news».

Poroshenko and Bartholomew signed on 3 November in Istanbul the agreement on cooperation and interaction between Ukraine and the Patriarchate of Constantinople, but the text is still not published.

In response to the Agency’s request, provide this document in the administration Poroshenko said that «the decision on prolongation of term of consideration of the request until 20 working days from the date of its receipt», referring to the 4th part of article 20 of the law of Ukraine «On access to public information».

It provides for the right of the authorities to extend the period of consideration of the request from five to 20 working days with substantiation of the need for such extension. The extension of the period of review is possible only when the request «concerns the provision of a large volume of information or requires information search among a significant amount of data».

What of the two above reasons was the reason for the delay in providing the copies of a particular document that spans multiple pages of text, in the presidential administration said.

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 schism.

In Kiev are unable to provide the media a copy of the agreement with Constantinople© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous