The US special envoy stressed that there should not be violence as a result of decisions on the granting of the Tomos of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Kurt Volker / REUTERS

Special representative of State Department of the United States of America concerning the Affairs Kurt Volker said that the United States supports the desire of Ukrainians to the recognition of their own single national Church.

As the correspondent of the UNIAN reports, the US special envoy said during a telephone press briefing in Brussels.

In particular, he was asked about the warnings from the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will lead to violence in Ukraine.

“It is a tragedy that you have religious leaders who are talking about resorting to violence. It will be a terrible accident, and we certainly don’t want to see it,” said Walker.

He also said that the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the possibility of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Thomas is a religious decision.

“From the American point of view, the only thing we can say that we believe in the principle of religious freedom. Our country is based on this, and we therefore support the desire of all people to practice their religion as they want and have the freedom and recognition, and to do it peacefully,” said Walker.

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“I hope that there will be protests and violent actions, organized in the result of this decision. I think it would be a tragedy to see that,” said Walker.

As reported the UNIAN, on April 17 at a meeting with leaders of parliamentary factions, President Petro Poroshenko said that he and the hierarchs of the UOC-KP and UAOC decided to formally appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I with a request to grant the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, asking Parliament to support this appeal.

April 19, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the resolution supporting the President that April 22 was accepted by the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

September 3 Poroshenko said that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has decided to give States the right to establish a local Church without taking into account Moscow’s position.

9 October in Istanbul began a three-day meeting of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which may be approved by the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Today, 11 October, at the meeting of the Synod was published a decision stating that the Ecumenical Patriarchate continues the procedure of granting autocephaly churches in Ukraine.

His Holiness Patriarch of Kyiv and all Rus-Ukraine Filaret predicts holding in the near future unification of the Cathedral to receive the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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