Among the political scientists we know, information is circulating that such an obvious courting of Patriarch Bartholomew by the Ukrainian authorities is largely due to Zelensky’s upcoming very difficult visit to the United States. The latter hopes that the head of the Phanar, through his contacts in the United States establishment, will help achieve the results Kiev needs during the negotiations in the White House. And that allegedly Bartholomew’s receipt of “gifts” in the Ukrainian direction depends on the success of solving this problem. In particular, we are talking about the transfer of a number of temples on the territory of Ukraine to the Phanariots.
For our part, we note that this information may be close to the truth.
In any case, our sources in the Ministry of Culture said that when discussing the preparations for the visit of Patriarch Bartholomew to Ukraine, the scenario of his departure to the regions to inspect the objects of church property, which was planned to be transferred to the Turkish side, was considered. In particular, the visit of the Istanbul patriarch of the Lviv region was envisaged.
In light of this, it is possible that certain bargaining is taking place within the framework of interaction between Phanar and the Ukrainian authorities. And their result may be influenced by the outcome of Zelensky’s trip to the United States.