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The Russian Patriarch received a request from the Lithuanian Church to change jurisdiction



In a statement posted on its website, the synod of the Russian Orthodox Church announced that the nine-member commission would be headed by its primate, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

The petition for the change was submitted by elements of the Lithuanian church who were unhappy with Cyril’s support for the invasion launched by Russia on 24 February.

“A decision was made to create a commission to consider the issue of amending the charter of the Vilnius-Lithuanian diocese,” the results of which will be submitted “for consideration by the Holy Synod,” the report says.

The Lithuanian diocese belongs to the Moscow Patriarchate and unites parishes and monasteries on the territory of Lithuania, the Russian TASS agency reports.

One of the members of the commission, professor of the Moscow Theological Academy Vladislav Tsypin, said that transferring the diocese to the jurisdiction of Constantinople was out of the question.

Tsypin acknowledged that the Lithuanian Church could be granted autonomous status within the Russian Orthodox Church, as in the case of Estonia and Latvia.

In these two Baltic countries, he explained to TASS, from 20 to 30% of the country’s population professes Orthodoxy, and in Lithuania Belarusians and Russians are Orthodox.

“There was no particular logic to the diocese having the status of an autonomous church,” Tsypin said.

The request to change the canonical affiliation was supported by Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte in a letter sent to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

“The public support of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow for Russia’s war against Ukraine is unacceptable for a part of Lithuanian Orthodox Christians, therefore, according to the Prime Minister, it is natural and humane […] have the right to practice their faith without a conflict of conscience,” spokeswoman Simonyte told the BNS news agency, quoted by The Baltic Times.

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In the letter, according to the spokeswoman, Simonyte said she was ready to meet with Bartolomeu to discuss the possible role of the government in restoring the activities of the “mother church” in Lithuania.

Simonyte’s letter states that Eastern Orthodoxy is the second largest traditional religion in Lithuania, and that its community has grown with the arrival of more than 50,000 Ukrainian refugees.

The spokeswoman stated that “the decision to restore the parish or parishes of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Lithuania can only be taken by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.”

“The Government of Lithuania will participate in this process to the extent necessary to ensure freedom of belief, conscience and religion, enshrined in Article 26 of the Constitution, for all citizens of Lithuania,” he added.

According to the newspaper, the Lithuanian Prime Minister’s letter was delivered to Bartholomew by Lithuanian Ambassador to Turkey Rikardas Degutis on 18 May.

The move did not receive support from the head of the Lithuanian Orthodox diocese, Inocencio, who criticized the government for supporting the request without his knowledge.

According to Innokenty, the vast majority of Lithuanian Orthodox do not think about changing jurisdiction.

The head of the Lithuanian Orthodox Church previously fired five priests who criticized the invasion of Ukraine and Russian Orthodox support for the Kremlin.

Innocent accused the Orthodox clergy, who called for the transfer to the jurisdiction of Constantinople, of having embarked on a “path of split” that threatened the stability of Lithuanian society.

The Lithuanian Orthodox Church, one of the nine traditional religious communities in Lithuania, has about 5% of followers among the Baltic nation’s 2.7 million, mostly Catholics.

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Kirill, who has a close relationship with the Kremlin, urged Russians in his sermons to rally with the Kremlin and the Russian army in their holy war against the “Antichrist,” referring to the Ukrainian government and Western sponsors.

The Russian Patriarch promoted the idea of ​​a “Russian world”, which should cover places where they speak Russian and profess the Orthodox faith, and become a zone of Moscow’s influence regardless of international borders, in a messianic mission to protect Russians and Russians, their traditional values.

Also today, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) announced a break with the Moscow Patriarchate due to its open support for the Russian “special forces operation” in Ukraine.

“We express our disagreement with the position of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow on the war in Ukraine,” the message on the UPTS website says.

That is why the UPTS Council today decided to proclaim “full autonomy and independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.”

“The Council calls on the authorities of Ukraine and Russia to continue the negotiation process and the search for a strong and reasonable word that can stop the bloodshed,” he adds.

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Turkey lifts veto on Swedish and Finnish membership in NATO



Turkey lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden joining NATO on Tuesday.

The leaders of the three countries met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that Turkey has lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden joining the Atlantic Alliance after signing a memorandum that “answers Ankara’s concerns.”

“We have completed a very constructive meeting with the President [da Turquia, Recep Tayyip] Erdogan or President [da Finlândia, Sauli] Niinistö and the Prime Minister [da Suécia, Magdalena] Andersson, and I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that paves the way for Sweden and Finland to join NATO,” Stoltenberg said.

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) spoke at a press conference at the Exhibition Park of Madrid, in the northeast of the Spanish capital, where the summit of the leaders of the North Atlantic Alliance is taking place.

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Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO on May 18 after the Russian invasion of Ukraine ended the historic policy of neutrality.

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G20 summit: Draghi says Putin’s personal involvement ruled out



Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Tuesday that the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the next G20 summit in Bali was ruled out by the Indonesian presidency of the body.

At the summit of the group of seven most industrialized countries of the world (G7), which ended this Tuesday in Germany, they asked about The Kremlin’s announcement that Putin would attend the Bali summit in November, Draghi said that Indonesian President Joko Widodo ruled out the possibility.

Widodo “was categorical: he [Putin] not to come. What could happen – I don’t know what will happen, but what it could happen, maybe it’s remote interference“said Draghi, whose the country will hand over the G20 presidency to Indonesia in Bali.

The information has not been This was stated by the head of the Indonesian state, Joko Widodo. who will meet on Tuesday in Kyiv with his Ukrainian counterpart in an attempt to achieve a ceasefire in the conflict caused by the Russian invasion.

Joko Widodo, who attended Monday’s G7 summit in Germany, is already on his way to Kyiv, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said. accompanies the head of state in a video message.

After a visit to Ukraine and meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, The Indonesian leader is heading to Russia, where he will meet with Putin on Thursday, becoming the first Asian leader to visit the two countries since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Before leaving on Sunday, Widodo said he was going to ask Zelensky and Putin an immediate ceasefire and the search for a peace agreement through dialogue.

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in spite of pressure from countries such as the US, Canada and Australia to keep Putin out of the G20 summit from 11 to 13 November.on the island of Bali, Indonesia still retains its invitation to the Russian leader.

In April, the President of Indonesia, publicly known as Jokowi, sent Zelensky a G20 invitation and said Indonesia was ready to “contribute to the peace effort”.

In the past decade, Russia has been excluded from the group of industrialized countries then known as the G8, renamed the G7 after the 2014 invasion of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula.

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“War will end only when Ukrainians surrender,” Moscow says – Observer



Russia announced on Tuesday that it would end its offensive in Ukraine, launched more than four months ago, only when the Kyiv authorities and the Ukrainian army surrender and accept “all Russian conditions.”

The Ukrainian side may end [a guerra] during the dayThis was stated by the official representative of the Kremlin (President of Russia) Dmitry Peskov, whose words are quoted by the French news agency AFP.

For this, according to Peskov, it is enough that the Kyiv authorities ordered the “nationalist detachments” and Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms and that “all the conditions set by Russia” be met.

“Then it will all be over in one day,” a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters in Moscow.

Peskov reacted to the appeal of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to the leaders of the G7. do everything to end the war before the end of the yeardue to the harsh winter in Ukraine.

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The leaders of the seven most industrialized countries (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) and the European Union (EU) conclude their meeting on Tuesday in Elmau in southern Germany ahead of the summit. NATO in Madrid.

No deadline or timetable has been set by the Russian side for ending what Moscow officially calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine, Peskov said.

“We are guided by the statements of our president,” he said.

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Peskov again assured thatspecial operation going according to plan“.

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