By Kostas Onisenko
Ukraine’s former ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Sabiga, was appointed on May 31st as the Deputy head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office, with foreign affairs as his responsibilities.
Sabiga, the Ukrainian website df.news reported– participated in the process of the adoption of the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church in January 2019 and, according to the same source, maintains excellent relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
“It so happened that during my term as Ambassador this historic event took place – the granting of the Tomos of the Ukrainian Church. And it is a special honor for me,” the ambassador had said at the time, according to the same source.
His placement at this moment is not accidental as the entire state apparatus of Ukraine is preparing for the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the state’s independence, during which the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is expected to visit Ukraine.