The Ukrainian government will contribute to establishing an inter-church dialogue, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Sunday in Istanbul during a meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, UKRINFORM reported citing the Cabinet of Minister's press office.

"We certainly can not help but worry that our Orthodox Church is divided into three churches. However, we believe that this is the affair of the Church itself - to find a way to unity and unification. I want to assure you that the Ukrainian government is ready to contribute to harmonizing state and church relations, establishing an inter-church dialogue," Azarov emphasized.

The prime minister praised the contribution of the Ecumenical Patriarch to the development of Christianity and the spread of Christian values. Azarov said that people in Ukraine cordially recollect his visit to Ukraine, which took place in 2008.

The head of the Ukrainian government also thanked the Ecumenical Patriarch for the assistance to Ukrainian pilgrims during a visit to Mount Athos.

In turn, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said that he prays for peace and stability in Ukraine, and the unification of Orthodox churches: "We are ready to provide any assistance to achieve this union," he stressed.

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