Law enforcement, judiciary should react to Filaret's interview with Russian propaganda TV – Razumkov

19:50, 08 July 2019
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Both the SBU security service and Ukrainian courts should react to an interview honorary patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Filaret, recently gave Russian propagandists in Kyiv, believes Dmytro Razumkov, chairman of the Servant of the People Party, who spoke at a briefing Monday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

Razumkov noted that the Security Service should provide an assessment of the very presence of Russian propagandists in Ukraine: "It would be right if it's not politicians who comment on this but rather the relevant authorities and the court who are to take decisions. Moreover, I don't care if it is a journalist from Russia or from another state – if they work against the interests of Ukraine, the reaction of the Security Service of Ukraine, law enforcement, and the court must be in line the law and absolutely competent."

He added that his personal position is that a number of TV channels are not "media" but merely one of the types of weapons applied in a hybrid war.

As UNIAN reported, in an interview with the Russian propaganda TV channel, the honorary patriarch, who is trying to gain actual authority over Ukraine's church said that the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and ex-president Petro Poroshenko "betrayed" him, and recalled that he had allegedly been promised powers in the new church that received a tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople.

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He also claimed that the church head, Metropolitan Epifaniy, was supposed to deal with the OCU's foreign affairs exclusively. Russian journalists, in turn, claimed in their report the emergence of a new "religious schism" in Ukraine and branded the tomos of autocephaly a "political project".

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