2016-07-05 13:18:00

Russia will always stand for traditional morals - State Duma speaker

Moscow, July 5, Interfax - Russia is interested in the unity of Orthodox world before the present-day challenges, speaker of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin believes.

"The Church in Russia is separated from the state in correspondence with our country's Constitution, but as the chairman of the State Duma I am ready to assure that Russia is interested in the unity of the Orthodox world and will always protect traditional values of shared human morals, morals of respecting the neighbors, vital for the present-day civilization," Naryshkin said opening the XXIII General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy.

According to him, representatives of traditional religions should unite before shared challenges and threats, "and cooperate not only in words, but in deeds: in spite of long known disagreements and disputes, it is possible to overcome them."

"And a bright example of it is the historical meeting between Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Pope Francis of Rome held several months ago in Havana," Naryshkin said.