Russian Ambassor visits Serbian Patriarch and Bishop Jovan of Sumadija

November 26, 2010

On November 23, 2010, His Excellency Alexander Vasilyevich Konuzin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Serbia, made an official visit to His Holiness Irinej, Patriarch of Serbia, at the Ambassador's personal request, reports the official website of the Serbian Patriarchate.

The Ambassador informed His Holiness during the visit about his meeting in the Russian Embassy on the previous day with monk Artemije and his entourage, and expressed his regret for any misinterpretation of that meeting, which took place upon the initiative of monk Artemije, and not at the Ambassador's request.

The former bishop of Raska Prizen, Artemije, came to Mr. Konuzin to explain the recent events concerning his demotion from his own point of view. Mr. Konuzin listened out of diplomatic hospitality, but told his guest in conclusion that Church issues and problems must only be solved in the Church and not on the street, and that he himself was not called to solve their problems.

On November 26, Mr. Konuzin was also received in the monastery of Kalenic by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija.


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