Moscow. March 12. INTERFAX – the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, believes that the trend to revise history and belittling the role of Russia is important for European developments common to all countries of the former Warsaw Pact.
“I think that in varying degrees this applies to all countries of the former Soviet Union and all countries of the former Warsaw Pact, which are today almost unanimously entered into a military Alliance, NATO,” he said in the program “Church and world” on the channel “Russia-24”.
In his opinion, the rewriting of history in Bulgaria: several years ago at the celebrations on the occasion of the anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria from the Turkish yoke, Russia was not called at all, although in fact it was Russia that declared war on Turkey, that Russia liberated Bulgaria, and that the Russian Tsar Alexander II the Liberator is a monument in the center of Sofia, he is at every Liturgy at the great entrance, is remembered for the peace.
“In the Russian army were representatives of different nationalities. Your contribution to the liberation of Bulgaria from the Turkish yoke made Romania, but the Russian army was the main force that ensured this victory”, – said Metropolitan Hilarion.
He said that during the visit of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill to Bulgaria a multitude of people waving Bulgarian and Russian flags welcoming Bulgarian and the Moscow Patriarchate and it has been very positive emotions.
“But when the evening of the same day in most of Sofia near the monument to Alexander II the Liberator was something resembling a military parade, where the rhetoric was quite different, and there were mentioned different people, different States, and this sparked a very fair criticism of the Patriarch, who saw in this the trend in today’s European Union”, – said the Metropolitan.
According to him, the trend is to gloss over Russia’s role in such key events of European history, such as the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke.