Religious scholar explains why Russian church leader has no right to visit Ukraine

11:20, 06 February 2019
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"Gundyaev shouldn't have visited the occupied territory of Ukraine – Crimea. He did this not in a legal way, having bypassed our borderguards' posts in Kherson region, opting to get there by other means. So, he violated our laws and no longer has the right to come to Ukraine," Martyniuk said, commenting on Kirill's statement about his will to visit Ukraine, according to the Obozrevatel media outlet.

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At the same time, he stressed a visit to annexed Crimea was not the only reason why Gundyaev could not visit Kyiv.

"After all, he repeatedly called for 're-establishing order' in Ukraine, while back in 2014, he blessed the introduction of Russian troops into Ukraine. There are many reasons why this man must be prevented from crossing our border," the religious scholar said.

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