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Muscovy appears to be quite unhappy about the process pursued by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to formally grant autonomy to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The language used following the meeting suggests the Russian delegation may have violated church protocol. It is worth noting that after the Turks toppled the Byzantine Empire, the Russians declares themselves the center of the Orthodox world, and adopted the title of Tsar that is a Slavicised form of Caesar/kaisar. The delusion that Russia should be the leader of the Orthodox nations, like other Muscovian delusions, clearly persists.
- Phanar: Ecumenical Patriarchate does not threaten and will not be threatened on Ukrainian church | News | ekathimerini.com
- Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios said on Friday that dialogue is the way to resolve problems after a reportedly fruitless meeting in Istanbul with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.
- “Who was supposed to get the glass?” Video from Constantinople talks raises amid novichok fears | UNIAN
- Russian delegation’s security official snaps as Russian Patriarch Kirill seems to reach for a “wrong” glass from the tray. A short but very curious video clip emerged showing what appears to be an official part of the meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Russian Patriarch Kirill held in Constantinople on the issue of granting the Ukrainian church a tomos on autocephaly – the move Moscow fiercely opposes. The clip shows a moment when a tray full of glasses with drinks was offered by a Russian delegation official across the room. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian local Orthodox Church Facebook community pointed out a striking detail they spotted in the video. When one of the security operatives from Kirill’s delegation started offering drinks, he first approached the Russian Patriarch, and when the latter reached out to take one of the glasses from the tray, another security guard rushed to guide Kirill’s hand away from a particular glass he intended to take, helping the Patriarch make a choice. Patriarch Bartholomew’s reaction to this confusion was rather restrained but unambiguous at the same time: with a clear gesture, he refused from the offered drink, and so did all other clerics from the Ecumenical Patriarchate who were present in the room. So who was supposed to get the glass, which Patriarch Kirill was so careless to almost grab, himself. “No wonder we were all afraid of Novichok appearing at the meeting. Constantinople has no trust in the Russian Orthodox Church,” the report says. As UNIAN reported in early August, citing Ukrainian MP and leader of the Information Resistance OSINT group Dmytro Tymchuk, “The Ecumenical Patriarch and his team should also be careful about receiving any “gifts” from Moscow! After all, as noted by the British media, Ukraine will receive Tomos if “Novichok” doesn’t get in the way.” Indeed, according to the BBC Russian Service, the Kremlin had no arguments left to influence Constantinople on the issue of granting a tomos on autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on which Moscow is so desperately seeking not to lose influence. “Moscow can now influence Bartholomew only physically. The Novichok – ‘newbie’ is everywhere,” chaffs the source close to Constantinople. According to another interlocutor, close to the negotiation process, indeed, in recent months the security of Patriarch Bartholomew has been tightened, the Religious Information Service of Ukraine reported in late July.
- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew informs Patriarch Kirill of Moscow about introduction of autocephaly in Ukraine – 31.08.2018 16:21 — Ukrinform News
- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew informed Patriarch Kirill of Moscow about the implementation of the decision on granting autocephaly to Ukraine.
- Istanbul’s Orthodox Church retains support for independent Ukrainian church
- Patriarch Kirill of the Orthodox Church of Moscow visited Bartholomew I, the patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church based in Istanbul, on Aug. 31 in an eleventh hour bid to prevent the Ukrainian church from being separated from Moscow.
- Orthodox Church Heads Discuss Ukraine Bid To Split With Russia
- The spiritual head of the worldwide Orthodox Church has hosted Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill for talks on Ukraine’s bid to split from the Russian church, a move strongly opposed by Moscow.
- Expert explains Moscow Patriarch’s upcoming meeting with Bartholomew | UNIAN
- Ukrainian MP and leader of the Information Resistance OSINT group Dmytro Tymchuk says head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is scheduled to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the end of August 2018. Gundyayev’s visit is more about trying to justify himself before the Kremlin as if claiming “I’ve done all I could.”
- Ukraine Orthodox Church seeks spiritual split from Russia | News | DW | 31.08.2018
- Ukraine has called on Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to grant it independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. It would be a huge blow to Russia, where the church plays an important role in politics.
- Ukraine is entitled to its own Church
- Russia strongly resists its neighbor’s desire for autocephaly, says Jonathan Luxmoore