2018-12-21 12:00:00

U.S. secretary of state's phone call to 'chief schismatic of Ukrainian church' is unprecedented - Peskov

Moscow, December 21, Interfax - The Kremlin has described the U.S. secretary of state's phone call to the "chief schismatic" of the Ukrainian church as unprecedented interference in the affairs of the Orthodox Church.

"We are observing unprecedented manifestations. By the way, Putin talked about them, mentioned them. Let's take, for example, the U.S. secretary of state's phone call the day before to the main schismatic of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. We would have encountered such examples in the history of world diplomacy earlier," Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the Pervyi Canal TV station's program Great Game.

This is an unprecedented occurrence, he said.

"Such political and diplomatic interference in inter-church relations has never been seen or heard of before. Yes, you're right, the provocation has succeeded in this respect," Peskov said.

"The Americans have no choice. Washington should support [Ukrainian President Pyotr] Poroshenko and turn a blind eye to the real state of affairs. This is what Washington is doing today. And we have absolutely no doubt that this stance will persist further. We don't entertain any hopes," he said.

"The most dangerous element of this situation is that President Poroshenko himself will seek to further aggravate this situation in order to use it in order to further his electoral interests," he said.