On Wednesday, May 4, the AFP agency and the CNN television channel reported that as part of the sixth package of European Union sanctions against the Russian Federation, it is planned to introduce restrictions against Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
The head of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate for Relations between the Church, Society and the Media, Vladimir Legoyda, said that the possible inclusion of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on the EU sanctions list has nothing to do with common sense, TASS reports.
“The more indiscriminate the sanctions become, the more they lose touch with common sense, the more distant the achievement of peace becomes, for which the Russian Orthodox Church prays with the blessing of His Holiness the Patriarch at every liturgy, confirming its words with help to all those affected by the Ukrainian conflict. <…> You have to be completely unfamiliar with the history of our Church in order to intimidate its clergy and believers by being included in some lists,” Legoyda wrote in his Telegram channel.</…>
Earlier, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced a new, sixth package of sanctions against Russia. Among the new sanctions are the gradual phasing out of Russian oil imports, the disconnection of Sberbank and two other large banks from the SWIFT system, and a ban on broadcasting three Russian TV channels in the EU. The list of Russians who will fall under personal sanctions will also be expanded. Ursula von der Leyen did not name names in her statement. The sanctions will come into force after they are approved by the ambassadors of all 27 EU countries.