Disinfo: Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a provocation, OSCE Secretary General says


Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, called the creation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church a provocation of the Ukrainian state, aimed at deterioration of relations with Russia.


The source referred to by the disinforming outlet is Thomas Greminger's interview for the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. In the original text, Mr Greminger mentions numerous divisive issues between Russia and Ukraine, including the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He continues with examples of occupied Crimean peninsula, illegal 'elections' in the eastern Ukraine and the situation in Donbas, where he claims to have observed provocations from both sides.

Further debunking by StopFake.org.


  • Reported in: Issue131
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: autocephaly, Provocation, Orthodox Church, OSCE


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