Russia does not interfere in church affairs in Ukraine but “reserves the right to protect freedom of religion”, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at an event dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the enthronement of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Interfax reported.
Putin said that there is actually a struggle for power, as well as speculations and cheap politics in the context of church affairs. He expressed regret that the Constantinople Patriarchate has been involved in the church standoff”.
In addition, Putin said that it is inacceptable for Russia to interfere in church affairs.
“We have always respected the independence of church life, especially in the neighboring sovereign state. Nevertheless, we reserve the right to respond and do everything possible to protect human rights, including freedom of religion," the Russian president said.