Patriarch of Constantinople denies Moscow claims to Kiev inheritance | Kharkiv Observer
According to the press service of the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople says that Moscow has no reason to organize its own celebrations of the anniversary of the events that took place in Kiev at the end of the 10th century . Also, Constantinople does not recognize the accession in the second half of the 17th century of the metropolis of Kiev to the Moscow Patriarchate.
Previously, the Ecumenical Patriarch had received an official invitation from the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, to participate in the ceremonies dedicated to the “1030th anniversary of the baptism of Russia” in the Russian Federation. The Ecumenical Patriarch replied that real ceremonies dedicated to the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Kiev Rus will be held in Kiev, where representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch will attend on July 28. Representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate were duly invited and the relevant delegation was appointed. The participation of representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the events organized in Russia was impossible and untimely.
A fairly strong response from the Ecumenical Patriarch is due to his clear position regarding the lack of grounds for Moscow to organize celebrations of historic events that took place in Kiev at the end of the tenth century, and due to the refusal to recognize ” the accession ”of the metropolis of Kiev to the Moscow Patriarchate in the second half of the 17th century.
This position is justified by the very fact that at the time of Kyivan Rus’ conversion to Christianity, Moscow was not yet founded. The establishment of the Independent Moscow Orthodox Church occurred much later in the 15th century after Moscow broke control of Kiev during a period of Mongol rule.
Text: Oleksandr Kravchenko