Kiev has classified cooperation agreement with Constantinople, media reported

© AP Photo / Lefteris PitarakisПрезидент of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in IstanbulKiev has classified cooperation agreement with Constantinople, media reported© AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

Administration of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to classify the text of the cooperation agreement signed by the Ukrainian head of state and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, reports the edition «Ukrainian news».

Poroshenko and Bartholomew signed on 3 November in Istanbul the agreement on cooperation and interaction, the text is still not published. The agreement was concluded, despite promises Poroshenko that neither he personally, nor the government in General will not interfere in Church Affairs.

«According to the decision, the disclosure of all documents related to obtaining by Ukraine of the decision of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, including the requested agreement will be made public after a final decision», — stated in the answer of the presidential administration at the request of «the Ukrainian news» for a copy of the agreement.

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.

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