Spiritual foundation of Russia, Belarus should become basis for their integration
30 July 2013, 10:00
Spiritual foundation of Russia, Belarus should become basis for their
integration - Patriarch Kirill
Minsk, July 30, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
said he urged Russia and Belarus to build cooperation on the basis of
the two countries' Orthodox traditions.
"The very spiritual foundation laid 1,025 years ago is common for all
nations, who are successors of Duke Vladimir and Kievan Rus. And this
common foundation is the most important and fundamental thing, which
should be the basis for our cooperation and our integration," Patriarch
Kirill said in Minsk at a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander
These are timeless values and a person never loses when relying on them,
the patriarch said.
"If this foundation is the basis for integration, if the building of the
future grows on this foundation, heavy rains will not wash it away and
no earthquakes will destroy it. This building will sustain the test of
time," Patriarch Kirill said.
The patriarch said he thanked Lukashenko for the high level of
preparation "which ensured wonderful celebration of the holiday [1,025th
anniversary of Kievan Rus' Christianization in Belarus."
Patriarch Kirill said that he noted the positive changes in Belarus in
the recent years and that Minsk was a beautiful, cozy and secure city.
Belarus was "a range for a huge experiment" in the Soviet times, the
purpose of which was to tear the people from their spiritual roots and
moral ideal, but the attempt failed, the Patriarch said.