Advisor to the President: Communiqué on Tomos is due to come on November 29

Former deputy head of PA Rostislav Pavlenko

Rostislav Pavlenko, who was sent to the meeting of the Synod of the Church of Constantinople, explained the procedural points related to granting of the Tomos.

A communiqué on granting the Tomos on autocephaly to Ukraine and the date of the unification council is to appear on November 29 at the close of the Synod of Constantinople Patriarchate. The advisor to the President of Ukraine, director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, Rostislav Pavlenko, told about this to Interfax.

"On Thursday, November 29, after the end of the Synod there will be an official announcement, and it will become the final point in this process," Pavlenko told reporters in Istanbul.

He also noted that at the meeting of the Synod on November 27-29, the text of Tomos should be approved. Pavlenko explained that according to the procedure, a unification council is to be held, at which an independent Church should be created in Ukraine.

“At this Council, the primate of this Church will be elected, and he will go to Istanbul to receive it (Tomos – note)”, said the presidential advisor. He also added that the arrival of the Patriarch of Constantinople in Kiev "is not foreseen."

On the eve, Rostislav Pavlenko held a conversation with Patriarch Bartholomew about the "final steps to granting the Tomos on autocephaly."

From November 27 to 29, Istanbul is hosting a meeting of the Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate, at which the text of the Tomos on autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church will be considered.

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