Skip to comments.Putin Concerned About Violation of Rights of Orthodox Christians in Mideast, N. Africa (updated)
Posted on 07/25/2013 5:53:36 PM PDT by marshmallow
Moscow, July 25, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his concerns about what he sees as infringement on the rights of religious minorities, particularly Orthodox Christians, in the conflicts in the Middle East and Northern Africa.
"I must note with alarm and pain that interdenominational tensions are growing and the rights of religious minorities, among them Christians, including Orthodox Christians, are infringed on in many regions of the world, especially in the Middle East and Northern Africa," Putin said at a meeting with the primates and representatives of local Orthodox Churches in Moscow on Thursday.
"This pressing problem should be a subject of close attention for the entire international community," Putin said.
"It is especially important today to make efforts to prevent intercultural and interreligious conflicts, which are fraught with the most serious upheavals," he said.
"Russia, with its immense experience in arranging and maintaining interfaith peace and accord, is ready to share it," the president said.
Russia "will continue to pursue an active creative policy aimed at resolving conflict situations diplomatically as quickly as possible, and it attaches great significance in these efforts to the normalization of productive interreligious and intercultural cooperation," he said.
Putin also suggested that relations between the state and the church in Russia are developing at a new level. "We act as true partners and co-workers in addressing the most pressing domestic and international challenges," Putin said, adding that "active efforts and support of local Orthodox Churches are very important" for the government.
Putin, while not my favorite, is more concerned than Ozero.
He has assumed the mantle of the czars . . . and I cannot fault him.
I’m glad someone has noticed the Christian plight. I wonder if Putin is concerned about the Copts.
It would be very strange if an ex-KGB Communist became the Defender of the Faith. Then again, we live in strange times. Who could have imagined the mighty and free United States in thrall to an anti-American imposter? Who could have imagined that our populace could have become so ignorant and self-concerned as to not notice what was happening in our government?
A strongman, but at least he seems to care about his countrymen.
where in the H is Congress?
he is just spitting in obamas face again
Putin is more concerned about the plight of Christians living among Muslims than even any of our senators or congresscretins are.
And these clowns want my money and votes?
Yeah...I quit giving after Rubio turned into Shumer’s wimp. I may give directly to some campaigns but never to the Republican organizations.
Well, yeah. Strong men detect weakness like a shark smells blood. The disaster that is Obama continues.
Shows what a sorry state America and the West is in. Sad that we have to have Putin point out what our crooks, cowards, and self serving politicians refuse to address. I don’t trust him at all. I will give him credit for slyly knowing and using our failures in a verbal way to make our country and the West look like the fools they are.
Never mind, after seeing this, maybe I do trust Putin! geesh
American foreign policy in the Middle East was hostile towards Christians living there way before Obama.
The more spit and filth on the Illegal’s face, the better. That thing is a subhuman piece of pig excrement (religious insult intended).
Its become a truly upside down world when the Russian President is standing up for Christianity and the American President is standing up for Muslims. Its bizarre.
Poor taste at best and offensive to those of us who venerate icons of the Saints.
My sincere apologies, I had no intent to offend.
Yes, and add to it the fact that American diplomacy supported the Albanian Muslims over the Christian Serbs. Add to that the fact that our military actually bombed the Serbs.
And that even Fox News (!) is partially owned by the Saudi royal family.
American policy is quietly tilting the WRONG WAY, and I don't like it one bit. We're putting ourselves on the wrong side of History. Who wouldda thunkit?
Accepted. Thank you.