In an interview to Channel 5 he stated: "We are against the Customs Union. I'll tell you why. Russia is a brotherly country, we are Slav brothers. But the Customs Union is dragging Ukraine into a new empire. And we do not want to go there."
UOC-KP Patriarch said Ukraine has the sad experience of being part of the Empire. In his opinion, we should build relationship with Russia on equal terms.
"We had lived in the Empire, and we know the results and consequences of it. Therefore, we are opposed to the Customs Union, but we are not against Russia, not against trade. We are against such relationships which are harmful to our Ukrainian state," he stressed.