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Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says the ministry will not allow arbitrariness and extremism related to religious strife or intolerance due to the beginning of the process of granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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He says attempts to destabilize the situation in the country should be abandoned.

"I call on political and public figures not to allow provocations and speculations. The ministry will ensure security, law and order. If there is a need to resist extremism and religious discord, it will take a tough line. May it not be a surprise to all the 'hotheads,'" the ministry quoted Avakov as saying.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Ecumenical Patriarchate said on October 11 it continued the procedure of granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, as stated in the decision made at the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.