Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew gave a full-length interview to the Georgian channel TVFormula and journalist Giorgi Targamadze. The interview was broadcast on Easter Sunday, May 2, 2021.
As reported by fanarion.blogspot.com, the Ecumenical Patriarch clarified that: “The churches of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are under the jurisdiction of the Georgian Orthodox Church. It is not right that the Russian Orthodox Church intervened.
The fact that the Moscow Patriarchate will recognize the autocephaly of Abkhazia if the Georgian Orthodox Church recognizes the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, it is blackmail with no basis.”