ROC hierarch: Russia has helped the Greek people for centuries

Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk. Photo:

The bishop of the ROC recalled that the Balkan peoples received help from Russia not only in the struggle for independence but also in the struggle for survival.

Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the DECR ROC, said that Russia has helped the Greek people for many centuries, reports the ROC website

In the program “Church and World”, Vladyka commented on the words of a Greek bishop from Cameroon, who accused Russia of “deceiving the Greeks and their mass deaths in the Ottoman Empire”.

The Metropolitan recalled that there is historical evidence of who saved both Greece and the Balkan peoples from the Ottoman yoke.

“Let's come to Sofia and see who the monument in Sofia's central square is to – it is a monument to Tsar-Liberator Alexander II. The same goes for the Greek liberation struggle. Who helped the Greeks in their struggle for independence? Of course, Russia," stressed the hierarch.
According to Metropolitan Hilarion, “the absolutely obvious and undeniable fact is that Russia, as an Orthodox state, has for centuries helped the Greek people, the Balkan and other Orthodox peoples not only in their struggle for independence but also in their struggle for survival”.

Earlier, the Russian hierarch spoke about the reasons for the creation of the Patriarchal Exarchate in Africa.

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