Political analyst: USA will carry on splitting World Orthodoxy
The meeting of Mr. Pompeo with the head of OCU is not necessitated much by the Ukrainian agenda as by the idea of splitting World Orthodoxy, the political expert thinks.
On February 1, 2020, a political expert of the Ukrainian Institute for Policy Analysis and Management, Daniil Bogatyriov, commented on the outcome of the meeting of Metropolitan Epiphany with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Ukraine. It is reported by GolosUA.
“The meeting between Pompeo and Epiphany occurred not only as purely Ukrainian agenda, but also due to the fact the United States implements such scenarios of church schisms like in Ukraine throughout the Orthodox space,” the political expert said.
According to him, at the moment the United States is actively implementing such a scenario in Montenegro.
“Formally, this is done to limit the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church, because the Americans consider it a political factor of influence. But it’s not only about that. It’s also done to prevent the Balkan peoples from forming alliances on the basis of their common faith,” he explained.
According to D. Bogatyriov, the goal pursued by the United States in the Balkans is to alienate the local Orthodox so that it will be easier to control them in the future.
“It is for this reason that Pompeo met with Epiphany. The United States, together with the Patriarch of Constantinople, is forcing certain Local Orthodox Churches, through intimidation and blackmail, to recognize the OCU,” concluded the expert.