Visit of His Excellency Alexei Erkhov, New Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey
From the Press Office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, His Excellency Alexei Erkhov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey, accompanied by the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Istanbul, the Honorable Dmitry Evdokimov, visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate where they were both received by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
The meeting, which took place in a particularly friendly atmosphere, lasted for over an hour. Topics of conversation included, but were not limited to, the relationship between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Patriarchate of Moscow, Ukraine, and Patriarch Kirill’s invitation to the Ecumenical Patriarch to visit Moscow in December of 2017.
During their conversation, Ambassador Erkhov and Consul General Evdokimov made extensive reference to the previous Ambassador of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Andrei Karlov, who was murdered last December. Furthermore, they informed His All-Holiness that a statue in honor of the late Ambassador is currently being sculpted so that it can be placed at the entrance of the Russian Federation’s Embassy in Ankara.
Up until two years ago, His Excellency Alexei Erkhov served as the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Istanbul, and is therefore, well informed on matters of concern to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the minorities in Turkey.