EU is preparing sanctions against Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill, calls him a “longtime ally” of Putin

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The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church that Pope Francis has warned against becoming “Putin’s altar boy” is in the sights of the latest wave of economic sanctions that the European Union is preparing to unleash against Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

Patriarch Kirill was identified in an EU document considered by the AFP on Wednesday as “a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin who has become one of the most important supporters “of the bloody Russian war in Ukraine.

A gradual Russian oil embargo and sanctions against the family members of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov are also part of the economic measures the EU plans to implement, the AFP added.

Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill celebrates the Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia on Saturday, April 23.

Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill celebrates the Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, Russia on Saturday, April 23.

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The proposed sanctions come after a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church last month said that “imposing sanctions on religious leaders is nonsense, the rejection of common sense,” the Catholic news agency relationships.

Catholic bishops and cardinals in Poland, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg would have urged Kirill to denounce the war in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Orthodox Easter Mass led by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Sunday April 24 in Moscow, Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Orthodox Easter Mass led by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Sunday April 24 in Moscow, Russia.
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but Pope Francis revealed this in an interview on Tuesday he had a 40-minute video interview with Kirill on March 16, half of which, according to Kirill, he spent reading from a sheet of paper “with all justifications for war”.

“We [the pope and Kirill] they are shepherds of the same people of God. This is why we must seek ways of peace, to cease firing of weapons “, Francis told Corriere della Sera, according to Reuters.” The patriarch cannot become Putin’s altar boy “.

Russian Orthodox head Patriarch Kirill, left, and Pope Francis speak during a meeting at Jose Marti Airport in Havana, Cuba, in February 2016.

Russian Orthodox head Patriarch Kirill, left, and Pope Francis speak during a meeting at Jose Marti Airport in Havana, Cuba, in February 2016.
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Recently, Kirill blessed are the Russian soldiers who are invading Ukraine to sumptuous service.

“We have to be very strong. When I say ‘we’, I mean first and foremost the military,” said Kirill.

And Kirill was quoted that is to say, “Russia has never attacked anyone.”

“It is surprising that a large and powerful country has never attacked anyone but only defended its borders,” Kirill said in a sermon on Tuesday.

Fox News’ Lauren Green contributed to this report.

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