Patriarch Kirill believes in capacity of the Union between Russia and Byelorussia and thinks that any possible breakup may be fatal

Minsk, September 28, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia called political elites of the union state of Russia and Byelorussia for fostering mutual relations.

"Current development of our brotherly states shows that the potential of the Union between Russia and Byelorussia is really strong," Patriarch Kirill said on Friday at a formal ceremony held at the Palace of Republic in Minsk.

Patriarch Kirill believes that the idea of the Union state enjoys support of the vast majority of people in Russia and Byelorussia, and "it is only evident", and there is no need to prove it with any supplemental opinion polls.

"Indeed, the will of both peoples has been leading us to it [the Union - IF]. Russian people consider Byelorussia not only our major partner in CIS, but also the most reliable ally, and Byelorussians deem Russia as a friendly state with long established stable relations in all spheres of life," Patriarch said.

In this respect, he urged political elites of Russia and Byelorussia to "value this Union which is created in compliance with the public will and has been blessed by the Orthodox Church."

"If we lose it, we shall lose both economically and politically, not only as peoples and states, but also as individuals. Perhaps, the justice of Heaven will prosecute us for forgetting the commandments of the Holy Russia," Patriarch Kirill said.

He highlighted the importance of the sovereignty of independent states, and the principles of national identity, but urged the Russian and Byelorussian believers to "maintain unity which alone is capable of ensuring our common prosperous future."



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