Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed on Friday evening with the permanent members of the security Council of Russian domestic and foreign policy issues, including the situation around the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
This was reported by TASS, citing a statement by the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
At the meeting they exchanged opinions on the state of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,
– said Peskov.
The meeting was held in Moscow, after the completion of the working visit of Putin in Mogilev, where earlier on Friday he, along with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko took part in the Forum of the regions of the two countries.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speakers of both chambers of Parliament Valentina Matvienko, Vyacheslav Volodin, the head of the Kremlin administration Anton vine, security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Ministers of internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov , head of the SVR, Sergei Naryshkin, special envoy of the President on issues of environmental activities, environment and transport Sergei Ivanov.
Recall that in Moscow made another statement through the decision of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople concerning the Tomos of autocephaly for Ukraine – this time promise to protect “the interests of the Orthodox”.
On 11 October, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul adopted a decision on the granting of the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
At the meeting of the Synod also adopted a decision on lifting of anathemas from patriarcha Filaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius and the acceptance of them as canonical.
As explained by Filaret, of the UOC KP to unite with the bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate and Autocephalous Church (UAOC) to create a unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
What is Tomos?Tomos is a unique Church document. Release it when the Church wants to provide the actual independence – autocephaly. Occasionally Tomos issued on matters relating to the provisions of the Christian faith, often it relates to Church polity.