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The President of the Riigikogu Lauri Hussar met with Patriarch Bartholomew who is currently visiting Estonia and acknowledged the activities and the role of the Orthodox Church in supporting Ukraine.

Hussar said that the Patriarch and the Church had done a lot to defend democratic values and support Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s in the latter’s war of aggression. The Ecumenical Patriarch has condemned Russia’s war in Ukraine as well as the pro-war rhetoric of the Patriarch of Moscow. “We must do everything in our power to help Ukraine win the war,” Hussar said.

The President of the Riigikogu explained that support for Ukraine was also a key topic in the parliament. “The importance of parliamentary diplomacy has significantly increased after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and a very large part of our foreign policy activities are connected with Ukraine. Church diplomacy plays a similar role in shining a light on the events in Ukraine and in an effort to support the people of Ukraine,” he said.

Hussar and Patriarch Bartholomew also discussed the work of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church as well as questions of climate and the environment, including topics around the green transition.

This is the Ecumenical Patriarch’s fourth visit to Estonia. His visit is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the autonomy of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church and the 30th anniversary of the restoration of its functions.

Photos (Author: (Erik Peinar / Chancellery of the Riigikogu)

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