In aninterview to Channel 5 he stated: "We areagainst the Customs Union. I'll tell you why. Russia is a brotherlycountry, we are Slav brothers. But the Customs Union is draggingUkraine into a new empire. And we do not want to gothere."
UOC-KP Patriarch said Ukraine has the sadexperience of being part of the Empire. In his opinion, we shouldbuild relationship with Russia on equal terms.
"We had lived in the Empire, and we know theresults and consequences of it. Therefore, we are opposed to theCustoms Union, but we are not against Russia, not against trade. Weare against such relationships which are harmful to our Ukrainianstate," he stressed.