Archdiocese of Orthodox Churches of Russian Tradition in Western Europe

Moscow Patriarchate

Communiqué of the Archdiocesan Council of 29 March 2019

On 27 March 2019, a delegation appointed by the Council of the Archdiocese was received at the Phanar (Istanbul), at the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The delegation, composed of Archpriest Alexander Fostiropoulos (London), Archdeacon Vsevolod Borzakovsky (Rome) and Professor Cyrille Sollogoub (Paris) was warmly received by His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in the presence of Metropolitan Emmanuel of France .

The delegation handed over to H.H. the Ecumenical Patriarch the letter written by the Council of the Archdiocese, following the Extraordinary General Assembly of 23 February 2019, which refused to acccept the dissolution of the Archdiocese by nearly 93% of the votes.

A constructive exchange has begun; it is planned to continue this consultation to consider the future of the Archdiocese.