According to the Lithuanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church is Putin's closest ally and one of the most active supporters of the “war against Ukraine.” Earlier, Lithuania also proposed to include the patriarch in the EU sanctions lists
Lithuania banned the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, from entering the country until June 23, 2027, 15min reports, citing a statement by the Lithuanian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“Patriarch Kirill, a close associate of Vladimir Putin, is one of the most active supporters of the war against Ukraine, who has repeatedly spoken positively in public about the ongoing Russian aggression,” — The department said in a statement.
RBC sent a request to the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate and asked for a comment from the Synodal Department for Church Relations with Society and the Media.
Patriarch Kirill, after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, touched upon the topic of hostilities in several of his sermons. He also stated that the peoples of Russia and Ukraine— a single whole that external forces are trying to separate. Also, according to him, Russia never attacked other countries, but “only defended its borders.”
After that, sanctions were imposed on him by Canada and the United Kingdom. At the same time, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church did not fall under EU sanctions. Lithuania proposed to include him in the sanctions list at the end of April, but it was not possible to agree on the measure: as Bloomberg reported, Hungary opposed it. infernal» and testify to the helplessness and fear of the EU.
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