On July 24, 2021, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov, announced that the United States ruled the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
The actions of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, coordinated from the USA, have already led to serious consequences, his role is to try to bury the influence of Orthodoxy in the world. This point of view was expressed on Monday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a press conference on the results of the activities of Russian diplomacy in 2020.
Their actions have nothing to do with the ideals of Orthodoxy, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
On the air of the Russia 24 TV channel, the official said that “the actions of Constantinople are directly manipulated from Washington” and “have nothing to do with the ideals of Orthodoxy, with the traditions on the basis of which the interaction of Local Churches has always been organized”.
In his opinion, this interaction is now grossly violated. “This is pressure in the sense that it requires efforts to counteract such absolutely unacceptable actions,” Lavrov said.
“I think that Pandora’s box, which Bartholomew opened, has already led to a split in the Cypriot Orthodox Church, has led to fermentation in other Orthodox churches,” the minister noted. that they are actively working with him under the motto of freedom of religion and belief – is to bury the influence of Orthodoxy in the modern world. ” “I simply do not see any other explanation for the actions of this person,” Lavrov added.
He stressed that the United States forced Bartholomew to follow the path of schism, undermining the centuries-old traditions of Orthodox Christianity and what is called “papism” in Orthodoxy. Lavrov explained that the idea of the leadership of one clergyman is alien to the Orthodox world and there is no analogue of the Pope in it. “There is the Ecumenical Patriarch, who until recently was revered as the first among equals,” the minister said.
Now Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople is following the path of subversive actions that began with the split in Ukraine, under “undisguised pressure from Washington.” Lavrov added that Bartholomew deceived the Orthodox Church of Ukraine formed at the same time, “cutting off the rights promised to her in the end.” At present, attempts are being made to influence other Orthodox churches.
IN December 2018 In Kiev, representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, with the active participation of the Ukrainian authorities, held a unification council, at which two schismatic organizations – the Kiev Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church – announced the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). On January 6, 2019, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople handed over to the head of the OCU, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Epiphany (Dumenko) tomos of autocephaly… The Russian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) consider both the tomos of autocephaly and the unification council in Kiev canonically insignificant.