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18785Patriarch Filaret Urges U.S. Senate to Promote Association Agreement Between Ukraine and EU

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Nov 25, 2013
      http://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/ukraine_and_world/international_relations/54372/

      Patriarch Filaret Urges U.S. Senate to Promote Association Agreement
      Between Ukraine and EU
      25 November 2013

      Patriarch Filaret’s appeal “On Accepting Ukraine as an Associate Member
      of the European Union” was sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign
      Relations the during a recent stay of Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian
      Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) in Washington.

      Patriarch was invited to participate in Senate hearings, which addressed
      issues concerning Ukraine, but due to the inability to change the
      schedule, the Primate of the Kyiv Patriarchate made ​​an appeal, in
      which he said that the vast majority of Ukraine and, therefore, most
      believers of all religions, support Ukraine’s integration into the
      European Union as an associate member.

      The head of the UOC-KP believes that the European Union must now accept
      Ukraine as it is, and as part of the association continue joint efforts
      of reform. The patriarch stresses that “any delay in making Ukraine as
      an associate member of the European Union will bring devastating
      consequences and will allow adverse forces to increase the pressure on
      our state to conquer and subordinate it, to impose a path toward a loss
      of sovereignty and independence, a path toward the resurgence of an
      autocratic empire and revival of the Cold War.”