Russia is studying what secular authorities and churches can do in order to overcome the crisis in Syria and calm down the situation in the region, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with Patriarch John X of Antioch on Wednesday, ITAR-TASS reported.
"We value traditional relations between our churches. They help reach accord, which is indispensable in the world and in the Middle East," Lavrov said.
Mikhail, first metropolitan of Rus, came from Syria, the minister said.
"Traditional interaction, friendship and brotherly relations between our churches are in demand as never before," he said, adding that the Arab Spring events "affect the fate of Christians, who lived with Arabs in peace and accord over two thousand years".
"Today the coexistence, friendship between Orthodox believers and Muslims are under serious tests. Thus, our dialogue is important to prevent the worse scenario," Lavrov said.