from Russia Insider:
The distance between our values is increasing” added the Russian patriarch.
What we would have given to be a fly on the wall for this conversation.
We wonder if the fact that 99% of Russians think Mormons are nuts ever came up? Or, what in the world was the Trumpster was thinking in sending a Mormon and a mega-cuck to Moscow as his personal representative?
Or maybe he was thinking that he wasn’t going to let an ambassador get anywhere near his relationship with Russia, so he would send one which was disqualified from the get-go? One can only wonder.
At the end of the day it hardly matters – the US ambassador has been a non-entity in Moscow ever since Michael McFaul turned it into a clown show 6 years ago. Huntsman’s predecessor, John Tefft, was a Mormon too, and completely invisible – it’s who you send to Russia if you want them to be completely ineffective.
Pravoslavie.ru has the story:
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with newly-appointed American ambassador to Russia John Huntsman at the patriarchal residence yesterday to discuss matters of relations between the two countries and of the fate of suffering Christians around the world, reports patriarchia.ru.
Welcoming the guest, Pat. Kirill noted that the Russian Church has a special relationship to the United States, as great missionaries like St. Herman of Alaska and St. Innocent labored for years to bring the Orthodox faith to the American continent. “In addition to his missionary service, [St. Innocent] carried out a very important cultural work, creating an Aleut alphabet. The Russian Church spread to California from Alaska, and then to the eastern shore,” His Holiness told the ambassador.
The patriarch also spoke of St. Tikhon of Moscow’s missionary service in America, noting that this year marks the centenary of the restoration of the Russian patriarchate and St. Tikhon’s election to the position. “The works that he and his predecessors carried out on the American continent still live, and there exists today the Orthodox Church in America, which our Church granted autocephaly in 1970.”
The patriarch went on to note that the relationship between believers is one of the human heart, between diplomats—of the mind, and between businessmen—of the stomach. “I don’t think we should exclude the heart from international relations,” His Holiness emphasized.
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