Mustafa Kaya: "Church wars in Russia-Ukraine-Turkey axis"

Mustafa Kaya: "Church wars in Russia-Ukraine-Turkey axis"
Date: 8.1.2019 17:00

Milli Gazete columnist Mustafa Kaya writes on Church wars in Russia-Ukraine-Turkey axis. Here is the full article.

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As it is known, the political crisis between Russia and Ukraine peaked with Russia's invasion of Crimea. In fact, the emergence of the crisis goes to the Soviet Union's disintegration process. From the expansion strategies of NATO to the EU's growth targets, Ukraine has always had problems with the Western world and Russia.
Again in the background of all events, including the Orange Revolution, which took place in the early 2000s, there was this contention. Now the long-standing problem has gone deeper. Besides the political crisis, theological crisis also officially peaked. The Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew recognized the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church among the authorized-unauthorized discussions.
Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, attended the signing ceremony.
So, what does this decision mean? How Turkey is approaching this event, and what the possible consequences of this development can try to find answers to their questions together.
First, let's take a look at the historical dimensions of the problem between the churches of Russia and Ukraine.
People of Slavic tribes settled in the territory of Ukraine by the end of the 5th century.
Kiev was the capital of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine between 882-1132. Prince 1. Vladimir in 988, accepting Christianity made the state religion. For many years under control of Poland and Austria-Hungary Ukraine
During World War II, it led to the sharing wars between Russia and Austria-Hungary. After the disintegration of the Soviets after 1991, the Ukrainian Orthodox were divided into three churches. The first of these was the Metropolis of Kiev from the 16th century to the Moscow Patriarchate. The nationalists, who did not know Russia, founded the Kiev Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Otesefal Orthodox Church. The main reason for this divergence was the anti-Russian opposition that came with Ukraine's identity problem. Against Russia, the attitude towards being close to the West brought about the separation between churches. In fact, it would be more accurate to consider church-centered divisions as a political attitude beyond religion. Putin's occupation of Crimea was also a sign of both religious and political hegemony through Kiev Metropolitan. Russia has already thought that with the separation of Ukraine itself, the leadership of the Orthodox world will be debated and that the separation of 40 million people will negatively affect itself. A pillar of the church in the war between Russia and Ukraine was Turkey through the Fener Greek Patriarchate. This development brought the debate on ecumenism again. As is known, such as Turkey, Patriarch Bartholomeos'uekümenik not know such a thing as intervention also assesses the Lausanne Treaty and independence. However, this signature is an ecumenicality that has not been declared in an aspect. Turkey-Russia relations will be how to react against such a development in Turkey living spring weather is not yet clear. Will there be a change in Russia's approach to Turkey, we will see him in time.
Converging with Russia over the developments in the Middle East, while at the same spot in the Crimea invention with both Russia and Ukraine Turkey does not want to spoil relations with Ukraine. However, Turkey has an obligation to say something about this signature that threaten its dominance. beyond those churches which are in conflict among themselves, in this case the question of Turkey's did for us what will be the gain and loss does not need to be more relevant?
Note: This context uses the work of the Anatolian Youth Association-UGSAM Research Center for the historical process.


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