The President Of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko
For Poroshenko the signing of the agreement with Patriarch Bartholomew – another method of political public relations on matters of religion, I am sure Alex Yakubina.
The President of Ukraine is interested in Tomos solely in light of the upcoming elections, and therefore, the autocephaly will be many more times “to provide” up to 31 March 2019, says political analyst Alexei Yakubina.
“I think, please see “the issuance of the Tomos” to the end of the presidential campaign”, – he commented the signing of the agreement between Petro Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew in the broadcast channel “Pershyi Kozatskiy”.
The expert reminded that the President repeatedly promised to withdraw from the process of granting of the Tomos immediately after the meeting of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The meeting was held, Fanar announced its decision, in Kiev they celebrated with the event “wine on the Maidan”, even began to discuss holding a “unifying Council”, and then the head of state again becomes an active participant in Church Affairs.
“What was the need for any additional agreement? Maybe it is needed because Poroshenko once again decided to appear on this topic,” suggested Yakubina.
According to the analyst, the status of the document is questionable. Poroshenko is President of Ukraine, Patriarch Bartholomew, a citizen of the Turkish Republic. “If this international agreement, then it must be ratified by the Supreme Council,” – said the expert. However, the document is still not ratified, and the text was not even published.
Yakubina considers the paradoxical events that take place around the granting of the Tomos. He reminded that politicians are the people elected to address political and socio-economic problems. Instead, the secular authorities in matters of religion. Such activities of the country’s leadership the political scientist has called “a clear violation of the Constitution.”
November 3, Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew signed a cooperation agreement. The President said the agreement with Panaram: “This cooperation agreement on the establishment of an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Ecumenical Patriarch provides a Tomos recognizing the independence of the Ukrainian Church, and gives his elect at the Cathedral the Primate.”