Russian Patriarch Kirill praised Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. While two countries has crisis in the relations after the incident with the downed aircraft the Patriarch spoke with praise to policy of Turkey towards Christian minority.
The Patriarch Kirill made a speech on russian TV channel Rossiya1 on the occasion of Christmas. Kirill emphasized in his speech that Turkey does not apply to Christians tough measures.
“There have been never anything similar current events in the Islamic world. For example, let`s take Turkish, Ottoman Empire, yes, there were Christian minorities but they were not destroyed, “- he said in an interview to the host Dmitry Kiselev.
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