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Lithuania Bans Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill From Entering Country


Kirill
, who holds the title of patriarch of Moscow and all Rus’, was privately added to a list of unwanted people on June 23, but the announcement of his ban was made Wednesday, according to Lithuanian National Radio and Television. The primate of the Russian Orthodox Church had previously been removed from a list of EU sanctions over the insistence of Hungary, which held that it was an issue of religious freedom.

“Patriarch Kirill, a close associate of [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, is one of the most active supporters of the war against Ukraine, and has repeatedly spoken publicly and positively about Russia’s aggression,” Lithuania’s Interior Ministry said in a comment. The agency further claimed that Kirill denies Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Via Washington Examiner
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