EU plans to impose sanctions against Patriarch Kirill

The day before, the patriarch said that Russia “never attacked anyone” and only “defended its borders.” He also claimed that anti-Russian forces are trying to tear the church away from the people ” alt=”EU plans to impose sanctions against Patriarch Kirill” />

Patriarch Kirill

The European Commission plans to impose sanctions against the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, reports AFP, citing a document that the agency has at its disposal. This was also reported by The New York Times, citing European diplomats who read the documents.

Measures are planned to be taken as part of the sixth package of European sanctions currently being prepared.

In addition, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the EU plans to include in the new sanctions package a ban on the import of all Russian oil. It will take six months for the union to phase out crude oil, she predicted; throughout 2022.

In addition, the sixth round of sanctions will include personal restrictions on the military and other people who have “committed war crimes”, disconnection of Sberbank and some other large banks from the SWIFT system, a ban on broadcasting on three large Russian state channels on the territory of the European Union.

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, argued that the new sanctions would affect those who spread “disinformation”.

The measures must be approved by the EU Council, the next meetings are scheduled for May 10 and 16.

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Lithuania proposed sanctions against Patriarch Kirill to the European Union at the end of April. Vilnius considered that he supported the military operation in Ukraine. “This man [Kirill], in my opinion, is not engaged in pastoral care, but destroys souls, if you try to find some kind of spiritual term to describe his statements,” — explained the head of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, Gabrielius Landsbergis.

On May 3, Patriarch Kirill said during a sermon in the Archangel Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin that Russia “never attacked anyone”, but only “defended its borders.” “We don’t want to fight anyone. Russia has never attacked anyone. It is amazing that a great and powerful country has never attacked anyone— she only defended her borders, — he said.

The patriarch also expressed the hope that the Lord would keep “the Russian land from internecine strife and from the invasion of foreigners.”

In early April, Kirill stated in a pastoral word, that forces opposed to Russia are trying to tear the church away from the people, which keeps the world from the coming of the Antichrist.

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