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Tbilisi. Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II will prevent Georgia's return to the Russian orbit - Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, stated on Sunday, January 13.
"I believe, Georgian Patriarch will give a worthy response and will prevent any attempts to get Georgia back to Russia's orbit. No one will manage to set us apart from the European house," Georgian President stated at the solemn reception in the Georgian Patriarchy, organized to celebrate 80th jubilee of the Georgian Orthodox Church leader and 35th anniversary of his enthronement.
Georgian President emphasized that during the August war 2008, Georgian Orthodox Church had been actively engaged in settlement of all acute issues.
"I remember very well the scope of the role that the Church played during the occupation in 2008. During that time, the Church was actively engaged in social and other acute issues," Mikheil Saakashvili said.