Putin hopes Orthodox Church will make its contribution to establish peace in Middle East
Putin hopes Orthodox Church will make its contribution to establish
peace in Middle East
The Russian president also said that the people of Russia were watching
the events in Eastern Ukraine with anxiety and grief
admin | 19 July 2014
SERGIEV POSAD, July 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin
hopes that the Orthodox Church will make its contribution to
establishing peace in the Middle East.
Putin, who met representatives of local Orthodox Churches at the Holy
Trinity — St. Sergius Monastery on Friday, wished Metropolitan Timothy
of Vostra, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, success in serving in a unique
place like Jerusalem, the cradle of Christianity.
Regrettably, the president said, the Middle East had been torn by
various conflicts for many years. “Today, we can see a new conflict
flaring up there again — with bloodshed and human casualties. We are
anxiously watching what’s going on (in the Middle East),” the Russian
leader went on to say.
“But I am sure that the presence of the Orthodox Church will play a
positive role in reconciling the warring parties,” the president stressed.
“In the end, everybody comes to peace. Only, it is important to make
this road as short as possible and avoid inflicting huge casualties on
the way to peace,” Putin said.
He also urged Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill to make a strong
contribution to pacifying the warring parties in Ukraine.
“I think that all of us should be out to achieve this goal. I am going
to ask the patriarch to make his strong contribution to this
pacification,” Putin said.
“We believe that peace should come to the land of Ukraine as soon as
possible. All the warring parties should establish direct contacts with
each other as soon as possible,” the president emphasized, adding that
all the parties in conflict should immediately stop military hostilities
and sit down to peaceful talks.
Putin also said that the people of Russia were watching the events in
Eastern Ukraine with anxiety and grief. “This just is terrible. It is a
tragedy,” the president stressed.