January 20, 2010
In a warm atmosphere of mutual understanding and trust, they discussed relationship between the two Churches and the situation of Orthodoxy on the American continent.
The Primates were joined in the meeting by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR); archpriest Nikolai Balashov, DECR deputy chairman; Rev. Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox Relations. Bishop Melchizedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania (OCA); and archimandrite Zaccaeus (Wood), representative of the OCA to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.