Hungarian Prime Minister Orban rejects sanctions against Patriarch Kirill


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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Photo AFP, Attila Kisbenedek

Prime Minister Viktor Orban says he will block any European attempt to sanction Patriarch Kirill. He said so during a meeting with Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Budapest. Earlier the Patriarch had approached the Prime Minister with the request to do so. The European Union proposed to subject the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to sanctions in light of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.