The head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko believes that the Baptism of Rus by Prince Vladimir can be identified with the " informed the European choice ". About This he said, speaking in Kiev on the event dedicated to the Day of the baptism of Russia, informs " ".
"Vladimir adopted Christianity from Byzantium. And in those days the Byzantine Empire was the main personification of Christian civilization. Besides Byzantium was our Ukrainian neighbor with the highest for the age level of material And spiritual culture. Having accepted Christianity from Constantinople, Vladimir became a full member of the political club of the European monarchs that have shaped our relationship with the West, " said the Ukrainian leader.
According to Poroshenko, Having accepted Christianity the state "Ukraine-Rus" became a full member of the whole Christian Europe, and not only its Eastern part.
"an even greater extent This applies to Ukrainian Galicia-Volyn country, whose king Daniel took the crown from the hands of the Pope, becoming the first king of Ukraine. In this light, there is every reason to identify Vladimirovo Baptism with conscious European choice. This is the main thing I wanted to mention today. And during the Millennium, the Ukrainians fought for the right to their own identity, their own independence, for our Ukrainian and European choice. And today we're back in the European Union, like in the home "- quoted Poroshenko " espresso TV ".
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