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04 April 2023, 11:57

Naryshkin: Ukraine launches a 'religious war' against canonical Orthodoxy

Sergei Naryshkin
Sergei Naryshkin

MINSK, 4 April (BelTA) - The Kiev regime seeks not just to ban but to physically destroy canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine, Head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin told the media on 4 April, BelTA has learned.

“The current Kiev regime and the masters of the Kiev regime seek not only to prohibit, but literally destroy physically canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine,” Sergei Naryshkin said.

According to him, the Western capitals understand and realize that amid the collapse of the ideology, the struggle for a new world order, the canonical Russian Orthodoxy is the core, the spiritual force that remains the basis of unity of the Orthodox nations, in particular the peoples of Russia and Belarus. “We see that the Security Service of Ukraine is literally compiling lists of dissidents, and those disloyal are put under pressure. We understand that for the Western capitals, for the authorities in Kiev, there are practically no red lines when it comes to the aggravation of the religious conflict. Today we can say with certainty that the situation in this area in Ukraine has acquired the features of a religious war against canonical Orthodoxy,” the head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service said.

He warned the Kiev regime that the consequences of these events would be very bad, adding that more than one generation would have to pay the price.

As it was earlier reported, in early March, the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra national reserve, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, issued a notice of unilateral termination of the lease agreement with the monastery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The document said that the work on the admission of the property would start on 30 March.

The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra monks asked the authorities to let them stay in the monastery for another month and a half until their claim against the order to leave the monastery was considered in court.

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