Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes spiritual links between Russia and Great Britain are stronger than political conjuncture.
"Significant interaction among countries and peoples take place at
spiritual and cultural level and this interaction is not subjected to
the political conjuncture of the moment we are living in," the patriarch
said on Sunday after consecrating the Russian Dormition Cathedral in
London and celebrating liturgy in this church after its large-scale
According to him, peace-making mission of the Church "has great importance today."
The patriarch reminded that there were times when relations between
Russia and Great Britain perfectly developed, when the two countries
struggled against one enemy and there were "times of radical
deterioration of these relations, and even rapture of diplomatic
relations, but the Russian Orthodox church has always been in London
during these 300 years, and the peripeteia of external political
struggle and conjuncture did not prevent people from praying God
"Two peoples that are connected with significant historical, religious
and even monarchic links in the past, are two peoples who know each
other and to a large degree respect each other. And may God grant that
this potential develops for better future in relations of our countries
and peoples," he said.
"May God save the queen, Great Britain, may God save our Russian land," the patriarch said.
Hundreds of believers, representatives of Orthodox Churches, the
parliament, ambassadors, Anglican leaders Archbishop Justin Welby of
Canterbury, Bishop Richard Chartres of London, prince Michael of Kent - a
paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II -attended the service in