– We believe that the Lord will double His mercy and full communion of all local Orthodox churches will be restored, because this division of Orthodoxy is what the forces hostile to Orthodoxy crave, because a lot of efforts and various strategies were put into tearing apart the orthodox. Far east from Russia, from the Russian Church, he said.
And he stressed that he did not speak of this from hearsay, but based on the documents he had in his hands.
– It was a conscious plan – using several very minor disagreements, to make the abyss remain between Russia and the heirs of Byzantium, – said the Primate of the Russian Church.
He also stressed that relations with Constantinople in the Russian Church today are not easy, because the ROC “desires and strives to be free from foreign influences.”
“Therefore, a certain detachment that takes place today is not generated by our theological differences, but simply by our certain caution so that other dangerous influences for the Orthodoxy of the Russian Church are not present in our lives,” RIA Novosti quoted patriarch.
According to him, the Russian Orthodox Church will do everything possible to ensure that “the churches of God come together, that differences of opinion are overcome and that no foreign policy influence can separate Holy Rus from the Eastern Orthodox.”