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Mikhail Khubutia: Patriarch Kirill blessed young Georgians and Russians2009-05-12 16:09
Today the relations between Georgia and Russia are the issue causing anxiety, concern and pain of two nations with a common faith. On the eve of the Victory Day, a sacred holiday for both Georgians and Russians Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and President of the Union of Georgians in Russia Mikhail Khubutia spoke about the ways to bring back lost love and friendship.
The people of Georgia and Russia were split by the borders, physically and spiritually. Now these are not only checkpoints and customs but the wounds and misunderstanding accumulated after the collapse of the USSR. They are again in search of the lost. Why have the Georgian-Russian relations become what they are today and who's to blame for that? It's pointless to look for answers now. In order to sort out relations - who's right and who's wrong, who annoyed whom and why misunderstanding grows - our nations have reached the crisis for the first time in their history. That is why people have to search for islets of culture, spirituality, faith that will help Russians and Georgians finally hear and understand each other.
So what is it that in spite of years of misunderstanding, in spite of the August events unites our nations longing for each other with their hearts?
Faith, Orthodoxy is the only continuous line that has united Georgians and Russians forever. No politicians will ever be able to disrupt this spiritual unity. It was Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, the national godfather, who started the dialogue between two nations following the August tragedy - and it was not accidental. He came to bid farewell to Alexiy II and had a meeting with President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. Back to Georgia he called for restoration of relations with Russia. Most citizens of Georgia are sure the Patriarch is the only person able to drag the country out of the political crisis and protect it from internal squabbles and differences.
By all appearances the clergy is the only force destined to put an end to the crisis in Georgian-Russian relations. That is why the president of the Union of Georgians in Russia Mikhail Khubutia wrote a letter to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill: "Your Holiness, we beseech you to support the initiative and meet the request of the youth division of the Union of Georgians in Russia and attend the meeting of the young Orthodox people of Caucasian diasporas of Russia. This meeting would be a good sign against the background of the current stage of the Russian-Georgian relations".
Patriarch Kirill answered the request of Mikhail Khubutia and met with him. The meeting is important not only for the Georgian diaspora in Russia but to the people of Russia and Georgia on the whole.
The points of discussion were prospects of Russian-Georgian relations and it can be stated that even in today's conditions the spiritual reference points are not lost for both nations. As the president of Georgians in Russia remarked "it is comforting that the Russian Orthodox Church expresses readiness to play a global part in enhancement of contacts between Russia and Georgia on the public level". As mentioned above the Georgian Orthodox Church, too, favors the dialogue between Georgia and Russia.
It is symbolic that the meeting of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill with the President of the Union of Georgians in Russia Mikhail Khubutia was held on the eve of the Victory Day. May 9 is highly esteemed by both Georgians and Russians. Faith and people's lives sacrificed for freedom unite the destinies of our nations.