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06 June 2022, 14:06

Lukashenko, Patriarch Kirill discuss Belarus' place in modern Europe

MINSK, 6 June (BelTA) - My conversation with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko was long and meaningful and focused on two main topics - a philosophical outlook for the survival of the human civilization and Belarus' place in the architecture of modern Europe, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia told the media on 6 June, BelTA has learned.

“We tried to find an answer to a number of questions related to a very complex problem of survival of the human civilization, which is probably not yet understood by everybody. Where is the world going? What is happening to people, to human civilization?” Patriarch Kirill revealed the details of his meeting with the Belarusian head of state. In his words, their talk was not only about challenges associated with the topic of war and peace, conflicts. It touched on ecology in a broad sense of this word, not only the protection of the environment and dangers related to it, but also a danger to a human personality. “If man loses his moral compass, he ceases to be human in the full sense of the word. The devil's task is to make man lose the distinction between good and evil. Once this happens, man becomes controlled and the development of human civilization becomes completely unaccountable to him. Where there is evil, there is death and destruction. Where there is good, there is life. Here, in two words, I have described the philosophical conversation we had,” said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

He stressed that discussing this issue was of crucial importance and emphasized the like-mindedness of its participants: “I am glad that the Belarusian head of state cares about such important big topics. If a person has a concern for such global problems, then, of course, he prioritizes this in his own agenda related to the prosperity of the Belarusian people, to the solution of the tasks that the president, the government and the Belarusian people are facing now.”

As for the second topic discussed at the meeting with the Belarusian leader, Patriarch Kirill said: “Since the overall political situation in Europe today is uneasy, and Belarus sits exactly on the border line of Europe, between East and West (although, of course, it belongs to the East), we of course discussed the role and place of Belarus in the modern architecture of Europe.”

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