2011-03-14 13:52:00

USSR shouldn't have invaded Afghanistan - Patriarch Kirill

Moscow, March 14, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes it a great mistake that Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan.

"The Soviet Union shouldn't have entered Afghanistan," the Patriarch said at a meeting with participants in the Global Leaders Group of the World Economic Forum on Saturday in Moscow answering the question about especially difficult life moments.

According to the Primate, then he was "the only person with more or less prominent position in society who condemned intrusion of Soviet troops to Afghanistan" and it "was not easy."

"But I acted not as a political leader, I was deeply convinced that it was a tragedy for our people, but I have never regretted that I did it. I would have regretted if I haven't said it then, it would have been a tragedy, a big mistake," Patriarch Kirill said.

He confessed it was difficult in Russia during political crisis of 1991 and 1993.

"I think that then the Russian Orthodox Church played a positive role and helped the country escape the civil war," the Primate said.