Unipolar world unviable - Patriarch Kirill

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia supports the idea of a multi-polar world and has called for Russia to become one of its poles.

"Politicians, economists are talking on the subject of multi-polarity. Everyone understands that the creation of a unipolar world with a single center of political and economic decision-making, could be dangerous for the entire globe, for all countries," the Patriarch said at a session on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Russian Peace Fund in Moscow, where he was awarded with this organization's golden medal.

A unipolar world based on the hegemony of one political center "is unviable," he said.

"And it seems to me that today the position of Russia, along with a whole host of other countries, in particular, the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) countries, is directed precisely at defending the idea of multi-polarity, which allows various centers to exist and creates the necessary balance ensuring safety on our planet," the Primate of the Russian Church said.

It is very important for us, including public organizations, among which is the Peace Fund, to join efforts so that "Russia, as Chancellor Gorchakov once wrote, "concentrates forces" and remains one of the poles of influence in the multi-polar world," he said.

Everyone is well aware what the hegemony of one center leads to - "it is enough to recall the tragic situation in Kosovo, in Yugoslavia, and in several other places across the globe," Patriarch Kirill said.