The Russian Orthodox Church on Thursday rejected sanctions against its leader, Patriarch Kirill, imposed by Britain for his support for Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine.
“Attempts to intimidate the Primate of the Russian Church with something or to force him to renounce his views are senseless, absurd and unpromising,” church spokesman Vladimir Legoyda said on Telegram. .
“The church – especially now – is the last bridge, a means of communication, that they are trying to destroy for some reason,” Legoyda said.
“This may be necessary only for political forces that have escalation of conflict and alienation from peace as an important goal,” he added.
“There is no other way for me to explain such absurd and counterproductive measures, which only contribute to one thing: to sever the already badly damaged communication between the European community and Russia”, did he declare.
Britain on Thursday sanctioned the 75-year-old cleric and ally of President Vladimir Putin two weeks after the EU removed him from its own sanctions list after opposition from Hungary.
The new UK list also includes Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s children’s rights commissioner, for allegedly overseeing the forced adoption in Russia of some 2,000 Ukrainian children.
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