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Russia demands Kiev’s explanations over denial of entry to church hierarch

Metropolitan Hilarion was denied entry to Ukraine on May 9 and had to return home

MOSCOW, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded explanations and apologies from the Kiev authorities over the denial of entry to Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

“Russia is concerned about the continuing measures being taken by the Kiev regime which lead to destabilization of the political situation in the country,” the ministry said on Monday, May 11. “The fragile religious situation in Ukraine has been harmed lately, with the canonical Orthodox Church being the target.”