Mustafa AY – TDO – 17.10.2018 In September, Russian Orthodox Church’s leader Patriarch Kirill proclaimed that he cut its diplomatic affairs with the Ecumenical Patriarchate in İstanbul off. As a rationale for this action, Patriarch Kirill pointed out that Ecumenical Patriarchate’s leader Patriarch Bartholomew released an official decree recognizing Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s independence from Moscow. However, on Monday, that Russian Church holds Ecumenical Patriarchate accountable for deepening crisis of schismaticism in Orthodox World eventually steered them into the decision on cutting all sorts of affairs with İstanbul off.
Previously-autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church has recently decided to rupture its ties with the Church in Moscow on the pretext of providing full-endorsement to Pro-Russian separationist rebels fighting against legitimate Ukrainian topes in Eastern Ukraine. Following this act of independence by Ukrainian Church, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko considered Ukrainian Church’s act of independence as an obligatory and vital move for national security of Ukraine. In response to Poroshenko’s remarks, Patriarch Kirill condemned President Poroshenko’s political interference into religious matters between Ukrainian Church and themselves. In face of escalation of crisis of independence, Kremlin Spokesman Dimitry Peskov specified that they wouldn’t intervene into the trajectory of deepening crisis between churches.