Poroshenko threatens everyone who tries to disrupt cooperation on SLC
The President stated that the issue of the Church's autocephaly in Ukraine is a matter of national security.
The head of state stressed that he is determined to act very decisively towards the creation of the SLC and oppose all who will stand in the way of "national interests of Ukraine", reports the website of the President.
"This is a matter of national security and our defense in a hybrid war, because the Kremlin views the ROC as one of the key tools of influence on Ukraine," Petro Poroshenko said.
"Therefore, I feel very strongly to act in this matter. And to oppose all who will stand in the way of Ukraine's national interests and try to disrupt cooperation with the Ecumenical Patriarchal Throne," he said.
Earlier, MP Vadim Novinsky, the co-chairman of the Opposition Bloc faction, said that the Patriarch of Constantinople would never support the request of politicians for autocephaly, since this would cause a division of the Orthodox world and reminded that the Verkhovna Rada had already appealed to Patriarch Bartholomew about the autocephaly of the SLC, but so far to no avail.