Kyiv: The US State Department evaluates the announcement of Autocephaly of the independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine as a historic achievement.
“The announcement of the Autocephaly of the independent Orthodox Church of Ukraine on January 6 is a historic achievement, as Ukraine seeks to determine its future. At this remarkable moment, the United States of America expresses unshakable support for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The United States maintains its firm position in support of religious freedom, including the freedom of religious communities to manage their church affairs according to their convictions, without external interference.
"We welcome the words of Metropolitan Epiphany that the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is open to all Orthodox believers, and call upon the government and church hierarchs to uphold tolerance and respect for the freedom of representatives of all faiths to profess the religion of their choice," says an official statement of Michael Pompeo, published Ukrainian Embassy in the United States.