The Russian Orthodox Church summons the Romanian Patriarchy to void the decision constituting three dioceses in the Republic of Moldova, according to the Holy Russian Synod declarations, quoted by Itar Tass.

The Russian officials said that the decision will cause serious prejudices to the relationship of the two institutions. In the release, the Russians show that the Balti and Dubasari locations already have legally registered Orthodox bishops and there is no need of some more.

The Republic of Moldova’s Patriarchy says that Romanian Church’s decision is against any canonical regulations.

The move of the Romanian Patriarchy to create three new dioceses on Moldovan and Transdiester territories is seen by a top Church official there as a crusade against the Russian Orthodoxy and as destabilizing the foreign context in Western Europe.

The Romanian Orthodox Church Synod recently decided to re-establish dioceses in the villages of Balti and Cantemir as well as one for Dubasari and the region of Transdniester - territories currently dominated by the Metropolitan Church of Bassarabia (Moldovan Republic).