Why is Russia so ungrateful, asks leader of Orthodox mother church


Eastern Europe

Evert van Vlastuin, CNE.news

In better times. The Russian patriarch Kirill (left) and the Ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew (right) together with the Russian president Dmitry Medvedev on top of the Kremlin in Moscow in 2010. Today, the relation between the two patriarchs is full of conflict about Ukraine. Photo AFP, Dmitry Astakhov

Tensions between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church of Ukraine have risen again in the past few weeks. The Russian church does not recognise the equal position of its Ukrainian counterpart. But the primary bishop of the Orthodox Churches, Patriarch Bartholomew, said last week that he "does not care" about the "ignorant behaviour" from the Russian part of the church.