Patriarch Irinej: no war will not force the Serbs to give up Kosovo

MOSCOW, Nov 21 RIA Novosti. No war and violence can not force the Serbs to give up Kosovo, the Serbian people are grateful to Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church for support of its position and the Kosovo Serbs, stated Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

The Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church spoke on Monday at the ceremonial act in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

“In many trials that the Lord has sent us in recent decades, the Russian Church and Russian people are not left behind. We are especially grateful for the dedicated support of our Church and our people in Kosovo and Metohija, we are always sincerely pray for Russia”, said the Primate of the Serbian Church, referring to Patriarch Kirill.

Patriarch Irinej noted that “in the heart of every Serb secret lives of Kosovo, Kosovo’s covenants”. “And no hardship, no war, no violence, no lies and deception can’t wrest Kosovo out of our hearts, are unable to quench the flames, which at one time lit our fathers,” said the Serbian Patriarch.

In Kosovo in the 12-13 centuries, was born of Serbian statehood.

Patriarch Irinej also expressed gratitude to the Russian side for assistance in rebuilding after a fire in 2014, the Serbian monastery of chilandar on mount Athos and in the construction of the temple of Saint Sava in Belgrade, which he called “a great monument of the Serbian people”. “Holy Russia and the Serbian Church is one”, concluded the Patriarch.

In 1999, armed confrontation between the Albanian separatists of the Kosovo Liberation army and the army and police of Serbia led to the bombing of Yugoslavia (then consisting of Serbia and Montenegro) NATO forces. In March 2004, Kosovo Albanians staged riots, which led to mass resettlement of Serbs from the province and the destruction of numerous monuments of their history and culture.

Kosovo Albanian structures in Pristina on 17 February 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The self-proclaimed Republic does not recognize Serbia, Syria, Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain and a number of other States.