The Moscow Patriarchate reacted negatively to the signing in Istanbul of an agreement between Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew. The UOC-MP noted that the very need for such an agreement testifies to mutual distrust
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The head of the Synodal Department for Church Relations with Society and the Media of the Moscow Patriarchate, Volodymyr Legoyda, pointed out in his Telegram channel that the agreement signed by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew still does not mean the creation of an autocephalous Ukrainian church.
“I read the title:“ Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on the establishment of a Ukrainian church. ” Then I read Poroshenko’s words in the text of the news: “Today is a historic day. We signed an agreement on cooperation and cooperation between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate "… I explain to those who do not say the words about the" rule of three sources ": The agreement between the State of Ukraine and the Constantinople Patriarchate does not mean the creation of the Ukrainian Church. So far there is nothing special to comment on, ”explained the essence of the agreement of Legoyd.
“I can say that all these“ concordats ”of the Ukrainian government with Fanar (the region where the residence of the Patriarch of Constantinople is located in Istanbul. – RBC) do not change anything for millions of believers in Ukraine, ”he added.
The conclusion of a cooperation agreement between Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew was commented on in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church by the Moscow Patriarchate. “The very fact of signing the agreement says that Poroshenko does not trust Bartholomew and requires proof. So that he does not deceive him once again and fulfill the promises that were most likely made during previous meetings, ”said the Chairman of the Synodal Information Department of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archbishop Irpensky Clement, reports TASS. Clement recalled that the Constitution of Ukraine fixes the separation of church and state. “Any intervention in church affairs is unconstitutional and should be assessed from the legal side,” he stressed.
During his visit to Istanbul on November 3, Poroshenko signed with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew an agreement on cooperation and cooperation between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In his Twitter, Poroshenko noted that he considers this day to be "historic." According to the Ukrainian president, this agreement “completes the process so that the provision of a tomos (letters of independence of the Ukrainian church. – RBC) occurred according to all the canons of the Orthodox Church ".