Patriarch capital And all Russia Kirill is not felt in London hostility towards Russia, He said at a press conference in London's Luton airport Before flying home.
"I talked to different people. You mentioned a meeting with the Queen. It was the deputies, And Commissioners aristocratic families And ordinary Britons. I did not feel hostility. I didn't feel it. And I assure you that the citizens with whom I met were some friends of Russia ? It was just the British who have interest in the visit of the Patriarch. And I felt very warm And good atmosphere ", - the Patriarch, quoted by RIA " Novosti ".
according to his statement He asked the question: "but We communicate, And what is the mood in British society?"." And I replied: in British society in a good mood, the British people in a good mood. And why so? Yes, As the tradition of our bilateral relations goes back centuries. This dynastic marriages, And the joint fight against the common enemy, And cultural exchanges ", where the Patriarch said." After all, Britain has made a very significant contribution to the development of the Russian Empire, Since Peter 1st sent people to learn from. And We just can not imagine how We had penetrated these 300 years of each other ", Greg said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. He Also remembered English And Russian literature." Who has not read Dickens, Tolstoy And Dostoevsky ", Greg said the Patriarch, adding that this deep connection is impossible to ignore." In the face of this historical reality that our current political differences, in spite of their importance, of course (I'm not minimizing those differences), I am deeply convinced, have the ability to undermine relations between Britain And Russia at a deep level, at the level of national consciousness ", Greg said the Patriarch. He added that " I think I was able to feel the signal, which came from English society And the people "." And was delighted by it ", Greg said the Patriarch. The Church, according to his statement, " strongly supports all of the positive in the relations between peoples, is trying to reconcile people." The Patriarch was happy with a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, which took place on Tuesday at Buckingham Palace." very pleased with the meeting And have to say that I did not expect that the meeting will go on As It passed, And that It would happen in such an atmosphere And at such an active level at which It actually took place ", - the Patriarch was quoted by the news Agency. He Also recalled a meeting with the Queen in 1994 in the capital of Russia, when She came on an official visit." And then the conversation was much more formal, " ? said the Primate. The Patriarch is happy that today " I saw the Queen in good health ", with which congratulates the "Queen And Royal family, And the whole British people. "" her bright beaming eyes, beautiful reaction to the questions at the interview. She talked a lot, And spoke very correct, clever things that are interesting to listen to ", Greg told the Patriarch." This conversation has made me intellectually And emotionally very pleasant experience. I will keep in my memory so fair a Queen, which 90 years And 60 years placed on a throne ", where He said. The Primate Also said that " monarchy is Like over short-term political problems, It gives the opportunity to citizens of the United Kingdom through the monarchy to rely on the strength of the national tradition, which expresses the monarchy ". Remember, the visit of Patriarch Kirill on October 15-18 in Britain dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the Russian Church's presence in the British Isles. During the visit ? strikeplates ROC the Queen of great Britain Elizabeth the Second. This news caused a critical reaction of the Embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom. For example, the head of the diplomatic mission of Ukraine Natalia Galibarenko said that Patriarch Kirill ? "former KGB agent openly supporting Russian aggression" And " mouthpiece of the Kremlin ". On Sunday the Patriarch Metropolitan And all Russia led the divine service in the largest Russian temple of London ? the assumption Cathedral of the diocese of Sourozh of the Russian Orthodox Church. He also made a prayer in the house 32 Welbeck street in London, where in 1813 to 1920 housed the Russian Orthodox Church. On the First day of the week, the Patriarch made a walk around the centre of London with no escort protection. As said press Secretary of the Patriarch, the priest of Alexander Volkov, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church was dressed in a simple monk's robe, but he was out And asked for blessings.