“Lies, intrigues, fraud, covert campaigns and incitement”
With the consent of British and American diplomats, the Lithuanian Ministry of Internal Affairs entered the personanongrata of the first hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, into the register of persons. Official Vilnius considers the step taken “a great contribution to Ukraine’s victory over the aggressor” and “an example for some EU partners who are overly seduced by the patriarch’s false statements.”
As for “some partners”, this is primarily about Hungary, which on May 30-31 at an extraordinary meeting of EU leaders did not allow the introduction of personal sanctions proposed by Lithuania against the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
After the summit, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said: “When discussing the seventh package of restrictions, we will seek to include Kirill in the black list. This was approved by the ambassadors of all 27 states, which allows us to talk about political consensus.”. However, there was no consensus, so Vilnius had to be content with national-level sanctions. In Washington, once again, “the courage of the Baltic capital” was noted, and in London they applauded.
To understand the British position, it is useful to recall history. Since 1899, London has been at war with two republics in southern Africa – Orange and Transvaal. The President of the Transvaal, Paul Krueger, gave an exact description of English politics: “Lies, intrigues, fraud, secret campaigns and incitement.” On January 22, 1901, King Edward VII took over the British throne. Under the flag of the “Union Jack” in his gigantic power, there were more subjects than the population of China, Russia and America combined. The main political task of London in Europe was the task of preserving the empire by fighting that continental state, which at the moment was closest to achieving hegemony in Europe.
A century and a quarter has passed, but the tasks remain the same. True, two English victories in two world wars turned out to be enough for a fragment of the empire to remain. Nevertheless, after Brexit, Foggy Albion is trying to return London the status of the financial capital of the world, and Britain – the European championship.
The British have an exceptionally high opinion of themselves. Lord Curzon also dedicated his memoirs to all who believe that “the British Empire, by divine providence, is the greatest instrument of good that the world has ever seen.”
The Embassy of Her Majesty and in relation to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to act as “the greatest instrument of good.” Sanctions against Patriarch Kirill are a blow to the Kremlin’s image. “It helps build cohesion [литовского] society and democracy [в Европе] generally”– does not hide the head of the British diplomatic mission in Vilnius, Brian Ollie.
The patriarch, of course, will not suffer in the least from the ban on entry into Lithuania. In Vilnius, they see his “guilt” in supporting the policy of the President of Russia.
Since February, the Orthodox Vilnius-Lithuanian diocese has been in a fever. The split was inspired by those forces whose goal is to divide the Russians. Lithuanian philosopher Valery Ivanov says: “In Lithuania, we are seeing a repetition of the Ukrainian scenario. It boils down to the destruction of the unity of the Orthodox Church for the sake of the emergence of its separate independent parts. The disunity of the laity will be followed by the disunity of the Russian community. There is no doubt”.
The schismatics, in particular the fascist defrocked Vladimir Selyavko, categorically disagree with this interpretation and insist that Lithuania needs the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, which was during the time of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, because “the Moscow Patriarchate … over the 13 years of Cyril’s reign has become almost ideological department of the Kremlin.
This is followed by outright lies: “We are talking about state security, about the social security of those who suffered from the USSR, about the moral health of Russian citizens of Lithuania,” etc. Lithuanian officials acted extremely short-sightedly, directly intervening in a conflict obscure to officials and taking the side of the minority. The state, as an institution based on the law, can only function within its framework; not based on the law is a gang of criminals.
Valery Ivanov emphasizes that in Lithuania those who advocate the independence of the diocese are far from a spiritual point of view. Their aspirations are primitive: I do not want to remain in the bosom of the Moscow Patriarchate, but I want “to Constantinople.”
“There is open bargaining, but what about ensuring the well-being of the soul in the next world? There are no pockets in the shroud: your business, gentlemen confessors, is to fight for the moral ideals and souls of the parishioners. You are called to help those who need it, and certainly not to sow confusion. And when suddenly the clergy depart from the teachings and begin to engage in politicking, this is no good. The flock is at a loss, she is losing faith in the sincerity of the ministers of the church,” says the philosopher.
Alas, schismatic priests have become an auxiliary tool in countries unfriendly to Russia. The organization of petty provocations using this tool is carried out by British diplomats in Vilnius.
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