Metropolitan Makarios of the new Ukrainian Autocephalous Church gave an interview to 24tv.ua claiming that “diplomats from leading Nations of the world, USA, Germany, France and England, played an important role in obtaining the Tomos”.
Furthermore, Metropolitan Makarios stressed that “if the Ecumenical Patriarch did not have the support of state leaders, he would have never granted the status of Autocephaly to Ukraine”.
Makarios stressed that he had warned the initiators of “Ukrainian Autocephaly” that “the union of all ecclesiastical structures in a local church would be a dangerous undertaking”.
At the same time, Metropolitan Makarios admitted that “if it weren’t Poroshenko, there would be no unification of the churches”.
Makarios added that “We received the Tomos when foreign ambassadors saw that we were ready”.
Finally, the Metropolitan condemned the actions of “Honorary” Patriarch Filaret Denishenko, stressing that he will leave this life remaining in the division”.