President Victor Yushchenko hosted a dinner in honor of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.
In his toast President said that celebration of 1020th anniversary of Baptism of Kyivan Rus’ is very important for strengthening ties between Christians Ukraine and the world.
“I am assure that this year’s celebration is important for … strengthening unity of world’s orthodox community”, - he said.
From his part Patriarch Bartholomew I pointed to the fact that many saints and martyrs, important figures of Christianity descended from the Ukrainian nation. “That is why this celebration is really grand. I praise and greet those people who have been working on its realization”, - said Patriarch Bartholomew I.