The Moscow Patriarchate will respond very harshly in the case of irreversible steps of Constantinople in Ukraine – Legoyda

Moscow. September 10. INTERFAX – the Russian Orthodox Church are going to try to convince the Patriarchate of Constantinople to refrain from interfering in the Church Affairs of Ukraine, said the head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vladimir Legoyda.

At the same time the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church reminded that made the Saturday statement by the Moscow Synod clearly says that if Constantinople implement the steps in the Ukraine, then retaliatory measures on the part of the Moscow Patriarchate is sure to follow.

“The answer will be very hard”, – said Vladimir Legoyda in the program “Sunday night with Vladimir Solovyov” on TV channel “Russia-1”.

He noted that “in this case, of course, important for us Orthodox unity” and “not just some beautiful words, for these are the lives of millions of people – not just in the earthly dimension, but in the eternal.”

So said Vladimir Legoyda, “the Russian Church until the end trying to save the world to the end trying to protect our brethren from any irreversible steps.” According to him, the meeting of Patriarch Kirill with Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul on 31 August was “a clear demonstration of our willingness to negotiate, to ensure that the world was saved”.

The head of the Synodal Department noted that Ukraine is “so torn” conflict “in this terrible situation is for many years – people are tired, they are our brothers by faith, and the historical path”.

As reported, last Friday the Patriarchate of Constantinople appointed two exarchs in Kiev “in preparation for the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.” That was the answer of Constantinople at the request of President Petro Poroshenko to issue a Tomos on the establishment of a unified national Church in this country.

A few days earlier, on 1 September, during the Synaxis (Synod of bishops) of the Church of Constantinople in Istanbul, Patriarch Bartholomew said that he takes the initiative to overcome the Ukrainian schism, “because Russia as responsible for the current painful situation in Ukraine is not able to solve the problem”. The reasons for this, the Patriarch called the request of the Ukrainian government and the leader of the self-proclaimed Kiev Patriarchate.