Klimkin claims to be the initiator of the Tomos and OCU idea
The former Foreign Affairs Minister P. Klimkon said that Poroshenko did not want to deal with the Tomos, and it was he who managed to convince him.
The former Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said that it was he who prompted Petro Poroshenko to work on the Tomos and the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The politician said this in an interview with “Gordon”.
According to Klimkin, neither the president nor his team wanted to deal with the issue of getting the Tomos. Two people convinced Petro Poroshenko of the need to change the religious picture of the country – the former deputy head of the Presidential Administration Rostislav Pavlenko and the ex-minister himself.
“I have two things that I consider to be an achievement,” Klimkin said. “The first is that we managed to keep the situation in the first three years after the start of the war. The second is the receipt of the Tomos and the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Then only two people convinced Poroshenko to begin this work – Rostislav Pavlenko and I. Neither Poroshenko nor his team wanted this at the beginning. I consider these two things fundamental to the modern history of Ukraine.”
As reported earlier, the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called on Ukrainian Catholics and Protestants in Canada to "spiritually save Ukraine".