Vladimir Putin’s chief propagandist launched an extraordinary tirade against Britain’s foreign secretary overnight after the UK imposed sanctions on Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
TV host Vladimir Solovyov – known as ‘Putin’s Voice’ and one of Russia’s leading propagandists – said “the place for [Liz Truss] it’s hell” after the move, and suggested that the foreign minister “declare a religious war against Russia”.
Britain announced a new round of sanctions on Thursday, in which Kirill was targeted for his high-profile support for the war in Ukraine.
Truss said the 75-year-old cleric – who is also a longtime ally of the Russian tyrant – has “repeatedly abused his position to justify war” against Ukraine.
“Today, what we’ve been waiting for for a long time has happened,” an outraged Solovyov said during his own show “An Evening with Vladimir Solovyov” on Russian Channel 1.
TV presenter Vladimir Solovyov (centre) – known as ‘Putin’s Voice’ and one of Russia’s leading propagandists – said ‘the place for [Liz Truss] this is hell’ after the UK imposed sanctions on Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church
“Liz Truss is proud to have added Patriarch Kirill to the sanctioned list. How to understand this? he asked other black and red studio pundits – who stand in front of Solovyov in a ring as he delivers his sermon-like monologues.
Amid a slew of insults, he suggested that by sanctioning Kirill, Truss was “organising the persecution of Christians” before attacking Britain for “treason of the faith”.
“She thinks she is Minister of Foreign Affairs, but of what? he said. “A country that has already betrayed the faith, because of the covetousness of its king who engendered the Church of England? So what is it ?
“And now, imagining who knows what, she is trying to persecute the holiest of patriarchs? Is Liz Truss declaring a religious war against Russia? A war against all orthodoxy? he asked his experts, again rhetorically, as they nodded.
His diatribe continued: “Does this uneducated citizen, graduated from a decent educational institute, have such delusions of grandeur? so spooky [sic] boldness has been unknown since the times of the Tatars and Mongols.
‘Who does what she thinks she is? Who is she? She can only make history by persecuting the holiest Patriarch. The place for those is in hell, of course, he said, raising his arm in front of him – as if to perform some sort of blessing.
Vladimir Soloviev suggested that by sanctioning Kirill, Truss was “organizing the persecution of Christians” before attacking Britain for “treason of the faith”.
Britain announced a new round of sanctions on Thursday, targeting the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church for his prominent support for the war in Ukraine. Pictured: Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill (left) talks to Vladimir Putin during an Easter service in April
Russian President Vladimir Putin (seen in the back of the room) attends the Orthodox Easter mass led by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (center) at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on April 24, 2022 in Moscow
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (pictured) said the 75-year-old cleric – who is also a longtime ally of Putin – has ‘repeatedly abused his position to justify war’ on Israel ‘Ukraine.
The video of Soloviev’s comments was published by Julia Davis, a columnist for the Daily Beast who created the Russian Media Monitor. “I watch Russian state TV, so you don’t have to,” she said on her Twitter profile.
In May, the journalist was sanctioned by the Kremlin for her work.
Britain on Thursday announced a new round of sanctions targeting the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as the Russian commissioner for children’s rights.
Britain has said Maria Lvova-Belova was responsible for the forcible transfer and adoption of hundreds of Ukrainian children to Russia.
Lvova-Belova has been accused of enabling the abduction of 2,000 vulnerable children from the Lugansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine and facilitating their forced adoptions to Russia.
Others on Thursday’s list include four colonels from a brigade known to have killed, raped and tortured civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.
In response, the Russian Orthodox Church rejected sanctions against its leader.
A girl looks at her smartphone as she sits on a bench in front of partially destroyed residential buildings following the shelling of the town of Irpin, near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on June 16, 2022, amid the Russian- Ukrainian enters its 113th day
“Attempts to intimidate the Primate of the Russian Church with something or to force him to renounce his views are senseless, absurd and unpromising,” Church spokesman Vladimir Legoyda said on Telegram.
“The church – especially now – is the last bridge, a means of communication, that they are trying to destroy for some reason,” Legoyda said.
“This may be necessary only for political forces that have escalation of conflict and alienation from peace as an important goal,” he added.
“There is no other way for me to explain such absurd and counterproductive measures, which only contribute to one thing – to sever the already badly damaged communication between the European community and Russia”, did he declare.
Truss also said the British government was “taking all possible steps” regarding two British citizens who were sentenced to death for fighting Russian forces in Ukraine.
She said officials were in regular talks with the Ukrainian government over Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner, who were convicted last week alongside a Moroccan, Brahim Saadoun, of allegedly fighting as mercenaries. by a court of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
“These people are prisoners of war. They were legitimately fighting with the Ukrainian army,” Truss said. “What Russia has done is a total violation of the Geneva Convention. We are taking all the measures we can.