Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill tried to convince people not to politicize the concept of "Russian world" and not to equate it only with the Russian Federation, as, according to his vision, "Russian world" Is all of " East Slavic civilization ", a value system peculiar to Ukraine and Belarus.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church took part in the solemn reception in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra on the occasion of the commemoration day of St. Sergius of Radonezh (July 18), a letter of the Patriarch on the first day of the week was announced by his press service.
"Unfortunately, our opponents used the words "Russian world" as some kind of bogey, bogey, stating that like It's some kind of doctrine that only serves the foreign policy interests of the Russian Federation. However, nothing could be further from the truth than to equate Russian world only with the Russian Federation ", - said the Patriarch.
according to his statement, the Russian world Is at the same time and " Ukrainians and Belarusian world, the world of all Russia "." It is a world that is created through baptism in the Dnieper river, It is the world of Prince Vladimir, a system of values that has penetrated into the culture, in the life of our people ", - said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.
"Despite the fact that the mere mention of the Russian world has become in the Ukraine, in the framework of the existing political doctrine, almost a crime, we will continue quietly, calmly, but firmly - to testify of this truth, the truth of the Kievan baptismal font, the creation of our ancestors, the whole of the East Slavic civilization, which we conventionally call the Russian world ", - promised the Patriarch.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church also believes that with the weakening role of the Russian language, complicating communication between Ukrainians, Russians, Belarusians, and many other peoples. He said that in the "Tale of bygone years" has the words " where did the Russian state ", but there is no mention of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus." Do we have the right to serve political sentiment to abandon our history, our ideals, our saints, our monasteries, our worship, our common language?" - finished the head of the ROC.