RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER ACCUSES U.S.A. OF PRESSURE ON MIDDLE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCHES
Credo.Press, 2 October 2019
The United States is putting pressure on Orthodox churches in the Middle East and northern Africa so that they would recognize the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU), Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov declared on 2 October at a session of the Valday discussion club.
The minister said that thus far "none of the Orthodox churches" has recognized the "absolutely politicized decision" about the creation of the PTsU. The autocephaly of the PTsU was presented by the patriarchate of Constantinople, so that at least one church recognizes the PTsU.
"The [U.S.A.] is pressuring Orthodox churches in both the Near East and in north Africa," Regnum quotes Lavrov. "And when they do not see a voluntary wish to submit, they try to threaten and even split individual Orthodox churches." (tr. by PDS, posted 2 October 2019)
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