Klitschko vetoes Kyiv City Council decision to deprive Moscow Patriarchate church of tax privileges
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has vetoed a decision by Kyiv City Council to deprive benefits granted to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, the press service of Kyiv State Administration reported on Thursday.
"There can be no privileges or restrictions based on religious or other beliefs. Besides, today the situation is quite tense in society, and we should not create reasons for a split according to the nationality, language or religion," Klitschko said.
"I have already signed a draft decision on the abolition of these discriminatory rules," he said.
As reported earlier, on January 28 the members of the Kyiv City Council in a decision deprived the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate of a preferential tax rate on real estate.