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Patriarch Kirill banned from entering Lithuania

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Lithuania closed the entry to the country for Patriarch Kirill. According to the Lithuanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church supports Russia’s special operation in Ukraine too strongly.

Lithuania has banned the entry of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, BNS reports, citing the decision of the Lithuanian Interior Ministry.

Patriarch Kirill was added to the list of undesirable persons for entry into Lithuania on June 23 because of his support for Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.

The Lithuanian Interior Ministry believes that Patriarch Kirill is one of the most active supporters of “Russian actions in Ukraine.”

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church will not be able to visit Lithuania until June 23, 2027.

Meanwhile, Britain imposed sanctions on Patriarch Kirill on June 16 “because of his significant support” for the Russian military operation in Ukraine. The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, Vladimir Legoyda, said then that “attempts to intimidate the primate of the Russian Church with something or to force him to renounce his views are senseless, absurd and unpromising.”

Canada on July 8 also imposed sanctions against Patriarch Kirill.

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