The head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet for talks on Friday with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, press service of the Russian Patriarch said.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is currently on a visit to Ukraine, where he arrived on Tuesday starting the visit with the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa on the Black Sea.
"The meeting will take place at a summer residence of the president in Crimea," the press service said.
Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Vladimir Legoida said earlier that Kirill and Yanukovych would be discussing a broad range of issues.
"The Patriarch and the Ukrainian president have long-standing personal and working relations. I believe they will easily find topics for a mutually beneficial conversation," Legoida said.
The Orthodox Church in Ukraine split in the 1990s following the breakup of the Soviet Union into followers of the Moscow Patriarchate and those seeking an independent national church. The Ukrainian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is recognized worldwide, while the other churches are not.
During his visit to Ukraine last summer, Kirill spoke a lot of healing the rift and restoring a united Orthodox Church in Ukraine, which was then less possible under then-president Western-leaning Viktor Yushchenko.
The Russian Church hopes that under Yanukovych, who has a friendlier attitude to Russia and clearly supports the Moscow Patriarchate, the political reasons for the split in the Ukrainian Church will be forgotten and the split overcome.
ODESSA, July 23 (RIA Novosti)
Ukrainian president, Russian patriarch to meet in Crimea
Kiev, July 23, Interfax - Kiev-based organizations of the Ukrainian People's Party (UNP), the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists (KUN), the Ukrainian National Assembly - Ukrainian National Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO) and the All-Ukrainian Union Freedom are getting ready to meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Kiev in their own way.
The All-Ukrainian Union Freedom announced that it will hold pickets to protest the Ukrainian visit of Patriarch Kirill. One picket will be held outside the Kiev Laura of the Caves on Sunday, July 25; another picket will be held in front of St. Sophia Cathedral on Monday, July 26; and a third one in Vladimirskaya Gorka on Tuesday, July 27.
"The current visit to Ukraine by Russian citizen Vladimir Gundyayev (Patriarch Kirill - IF), as well as the results of his two previous visits strongly indicate that his activity with regard to Ukraine is primarily political. He uses his visits to promote the hostile political concept of "the Russian world" in which there is no place for an independent Ukraine," the Freedom said in a press statement.
On July 28, representatives from the UNP, KUN and UNA-UNSO will gather at St. Vladimir Cathedral, which belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (the self-proclaimed "Kiev Patriarchate") on July 28 to join a prayer and a sacred procession to celebrate the 1022nd anniversary of the baptism of the Kievan Rus.
It was reported that on July 20 Patriarch Kirill began a pastoral trip across Ukraine, which will continue until July 28.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill and Moscow Mayor will reportedly meet with motorcyclists, individually or in unison, during their visits to Crimea July 23-25.
All three Russian officials are also expected to meet President Viktor Yanukovych, who is vacationing on the penninsula.
The Sevastopol Bike Show is celebrating its 14th anniversary from July 23-25. The popular event, which comes just before celebration of Russian Navy Day, has been used as photo opportunity by Russian and Ukrainian officials in recent years. Both Putin and Kirill attended in 2009.
News portal e-krym's Sevastopol reporter on July 22 quoted Yanuovych's representative in Crimea, Volodymyr Kazaryn, as saying Putin plans to attend the bike rally again this year.
MOSCOW, July 23 (Itar-Tass) -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will chair a meeting in Chelyabinsk on Friday to discuss the recovery of the ferrous industry and will visit several steel mills in the metallurgical region.
The government press service said Putin will discuss the state of the industry in the period of recovery from the crisis and state support to metallurgical enterprises.
The press service said the Russian metallurgy was considerably modernized in the past ten years. Capital expenditure totaled close to 900 billion rubles in 2000-2010, while the wear-and-tear of fixed assets fell from 54 to 43 percent. “The implementation of large-scale investment projects and measures to increase production efficiency helped the industry to rise to a new quality level,” it said.