Vladimir Zelensky meets with Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople

Патриарх Варфоломей и Владимир Зеленский, 8.08.19. Фото: Фейсбук

The meeting is being held in a narrow circle and the results of the negotiations are still unknown.

On August 8, 2019, in Istanbul, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met with Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, reports “TSN”.

Zelensky handed the patriarch a bouquet of flowers and they took several joint photographs for the protocol. According to the agency, the meeting of the parties was held in a closed format.

“The Ecumenical Patriarchate was preparing a statement, but it is not known whether it will be read out. According to the Director of the Press and Communication Office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Nikos Papachristou, you need to wait in order to understand what is happening,” “TSN” said in a statement.

“Ukrinform” reported that after the meeting, a dinner was given in honor of the visit of the President of Ukraine on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarch. It is also assumed that Vladimir Zelensky would visit St. George’s Cathedral, located on the territory of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

As reported earlier, on August 7-8, 2019, President Vladimir Zelensky is making a working visit to Turkey, during which he is to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. According to political analysts, Zelensky’s entourage is trying to involve him in the church theme, hoping to continue Petro Poroshenko’s policy on this issue.

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