Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko and Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East have discussed the situation in Syria and its influence on Christians in the Middle East as a whole.
Disappearance of the Christian Church from the region is unacceptable, and so is the Christians’ exodus from Syria, which would have most negative consequences for the entire Middle East as a whole, the speaker said.
“The prospect of the Christian exodus from Syria as a result of the intra-Syrian conflict will become, without an exaggeration, a civilization disaster not only for this country but for the whole Middle East, given that Christians live in Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. Our country’s efforts are aimed, among other things, at preventing this sort of disaster,” Matviyenko said on Tuesday.
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