It is an immense privilege and blessing to welcome Fr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to «Fos Fanariou» (Light from the Phanar) for an extremely interesting and important interview.
"Deus conservat omnia" is the motto on the coat of arms of Count Sheremetev, it means "God preserves all". The Sheremetev family was one of the wealthiest and most influential noble families of Russia.
Russia and Israel have a long history of diplomatic and military collaboration in the Middle East, dating back to the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, when Israel's triumph over its neighbors was largely attributable to Moscow's military support.
When Kerry launched his latest Syrian peace initiative last October in the wake of Russia's military intervention, this writer warned that the objective might be a process without end: a bridge of empty talk over Syria's troubled water.