The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, said that “Russophobia in Ukraine will soon disappear from the agenda,” as there are “no grounds” for it.
Despite the fact of an ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war, he said that “Russophobia is an artificial issue and will soon disappear in Ukraine.”
“In some regions (of Ukraine, outbreaks of Russophobia – ed.) stem from history, from the historical conflict between Orthodox and Greek Catholics. And in all other locations, it is a completely artificial problem, and I believe that in the near future it will be off the agenda altogether,” Patriarch Kirill said in an interview with Russia 1 TV on his 75th birthday.
According to the Moscow Patriarch, Russophobia will allegedly disappear because “there are no grounds to foment conflicts around a topic that is not conflicting as such.”
At the same time, the Russian church leader said nothing about and did not call a sin the Russo-Ukrainian war, tens of thousands of victims, and the occupation of Crimea and certain parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions by Russia.