Ukrainian Embassy criticized the British Queen Elizabeth II, who wished to take in Buckingham Palace Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, writes The Times. In Kiev are afraid that such a meeting could legitimize the foreign policy of Russia in the eyes of the world.
photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
The Ambassador of Ukraine in great Britain Natalia galibarenko said that Patriarch Kirill is a “former KGB agent” and “defender of the interests of the Kremlin.” The invitation of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to Buckingham Palace can “legitimize Russian foreign policy in the eyes of the world”, fears Galibarenko.
While the British foreign office stated that the meeting is part of the duties of the Queen as the head of the Anglican Church, and called it “justified” for the recognition of a shared history and ties.
Patriarch Kirill arrived in London on 15 October with a four-day visit, timed to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the presence of the Russian Orthodox Church in the British Isles. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has consecrated the largest Russian Church of the London Dormition Cathedral, and conducted the divine Liturgy.
Whether this visit is politically motivated, read our article “Why the Patriarch sang “Many years” the Queen of England”.