Tbilisi: "It would be very easy for me to congratulate the Ukrainian people on autocephaly, but I believe that I do not have the right to take responsibility for a number of reasons. We all know what risks may be, and the Georgian Patriarchate knows even better, and I will not take responsibility,” said Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, commenting on the issue of recognizing the independence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and congratulations to Kyiv.
“I want to start by saying that this is a very sensitive topic, which is very important for me personally and for many, because we know and remember very well the importance of restoring Georgia’s autocephaly in 1917, for us these were the prerequisites for independence.
Today I do not speak as a private person. I am the president of Georgia and therefore I have a very big responsibility. If the Georgian Church and the Patriarchate are afraid of something, some results that I don’t want to emphasize now, but everyone understands what they are about, it is impossible for the President of Georgia to be less responsible,” the head of state said.