“the President of Montenegro Djukanovic turned against their own people, and the fact that he speaks openly against the Church, where attempts to create a new organization, suggests that he does not understand, firstly, the essence of what the Church is, and, secondly, he does not understand his own people. The Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro is not some foreign organization, is the Church of the Montenegrin people. And if Mr. Djukanovic, which is, as far as I know, a man unbaptized and unbelievers, trying to create their own Church, this is a very big mistake,” – said the TV channel “Russia 24” Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion.
the Priest recalled that similar actions had been taken and already former President of Ukraine Poroshenko, who “tried to take advantage of the situation and to play the Church card in order to score points in his election campaign”. “As we know, this adventure brought him to a disgraceful and shameful defeat in the elections, he stressed. – I am sure that Mr Djukanovic is waiting for the same sad fate if he does not reconsider his position if he did not renounce the persecution of the canonical Montenegrin Orthodox Church Montenegrin not by name, but because it is the Church of the Montenegrin people.”
it Should be noted that the foreign Ministry of Russia is of grave concern to another surge in tensions in Montenegro, provoked by heavy-handed actions of the authorities against the Church and its parishioners. The Director of the Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova warns that Washington is the subject of the Church consider purely through the prism of geopolitics, there is the overt desire of the US to split the Orthodox world, to destroy the integrity of the spiritual space in the Balkans.
meanwhile, the Metropolitan of Montenegro and Primorsky SOC Amphilochius of draws the attention of the international community that their provocative actions of the Montenegrin authorities bring the situation to a civil war in this Balkan state.