© Fotolia / W. ScottTo the U.S. Senate introduced a bill on countering violations of religious freedom in Ukraine, which was allegedly taken by Russia.As follows from the database of the Congress, the document was introduced by Republican Senator Roger Wicker and sent to the Committee on foreign relations of the Senate. The official title of the bill “On counteraction to violations of religious freedom in Ukraine from the Russian side and armed formations under its command”.
The text of the document in the database of the Congress yet, requests RIA Novosti in the office of Senator and the Committee also has not yet responded.Earlier, the US administration has repeatedly accused Russia of violating religious freedom in Ukraine in connection with the situation around the creation at the end of 2018, the so-called “new Church” of Ukraine. So, the US Ambassador in Greece Geoffrey Pyatt, who headed the American Embassy in Kiev in 2014, said that Russia is “using religion” to “undermine democracy”.
The new structure was created at the initiative of the Ukrainian authorities and the Patriarchate of Constantinople by the merger of two other schismatic churches. Received from Patriarch Bartholomew the Tomos “autocephaly”, in fact she was almost completely dependent on Constantinople. The Russian Orthodox Church in October of 2018 stopped Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In recognition of the Constantinople Patriarchate of the Ukrainian dissenters pressure on canonical Church that is a member of the autonomy of the Russian Orthodox Church has significantly increased.