The words of the head of Department of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine Volodymyr Yushkevich, considers undesirable the visit of Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine, is a parody of what is obliged to do his Ministry, said the notary of the Synodal information Department of the Moscow Patriarchate Vakhtang Kipshidze.
" Director of Department on Affairs of religions and nationalities of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine Volodymyr Yushkevich, acting against the visit of the distinguished in the world religious leader in their country - this is nonsense, " said the Kipshidze. According to him, any body responsible for culture, aims to use every opportunity of finding space for peace and dialogue even where there are contradictions, RIA " Novosti." And this official, apparently, have to go to work in political investigation, if He was obsessed with the idea of finding enemies where there are none, " he added, Kipshidze. He said that he did not know how this private position may coincide with the position of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine. The Kipshidze expressed hope for prudence of the majority of the employees of the Ukrainian Ministry." But if it's official opinion, it, undoubtedly, returns the Ukrainian society to the Soviet standards of thinking ", - noticed the Commissioner of the ROC." To counteract the visits of religious leaders - it means to be afraid of the Word of truth, afraid of their countrymen, who are absolutely free to take part in the conduct of such visits or not, " said Kipshidze, concluding that such a position of the Director of Department of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine are inconsistent with the modern European and even medieval ideas on religious freedom, which implies the possibility of free communication shepherd with his flock. On Thursday the head of Department on Affairs of religions and nationalities of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine Volodymyr Yushkevich said that the visit of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine is undesirable. Yesterday the Mayor of Kherson Vladimir Nikolaenko, the boorish prokommentirovavshy arrival of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.