Patriarch Kirill aware of President Berzins’s request to postpone his Latvia visit

Natalya Mihailova | 05 April 2014
Moscow, April 3, Interfax - The Secretariat of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is studying a letter received from Latvian President Andris Berzins, who has asked the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to reschedule his visit to Latvia, initially set for May, for a later date.

“The patriarch has been informed of yesterday’s statement [made by Berzins]. As far as the president’s letter is concerned, it, as far as I know, has been received by the Secretariat of His Holiness,” Moscow Patriarchate spokesman Deacon Alexander Volkov told Interfax-Religion.

It was reported that Berzins had asked Patriarch Kirill to postpone his visit to Latvia.

The Latvian leader’s press secretary Liga Krapane explained this request with the tense international situation.

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