Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic said late on Monday he informed the Holy Synod of the Serb Orthodox Church about "all my worries," adding Patriarch Irinej, who said Vucic's fight for Kosovo was heroic, understood him well, N1 reported.
Vucic was present at the Holy Synod annual meeting in the Patriarchy in Belgrade.
"Patriarch perfectly understood me - as I understand his worries - that one must bring some, I would say, difficult worldly decisions… One bishop said – whatever you do, you will be guilty," Vucic said after the meeting.
He added it was "up to us to continue to fight, to achieve the most we can, not to yield to blackmail to give what we have no right to, nor we can give to anyone."
"The Church has right to its stands, though they are sometimes different than ours. It's important to listen to them because the Church always helps our people where they are endangered, and in Kosovo as well," Vucic said, adding it was all he could say.
Patriarch Irinej said Vucic was "fighting bravely for the state, nation and Kosovo" and that that was his and the Synod's opinion.
"We pray to God to give him the strength to play the role of the head of state in the most useful way," Irinej said, adding that the most of the meeting was about Kosovo.
He said that "we won't give up the fight for Kosovo," and added it was uncertain what a solution would be.
Irinej also said that "the struggle we fight for Kosovo also depends on the situation in the world and on those who support us, but also on those who support the other side."
The Chairman of the Bosnia's tripartite rotating Presidency and de facto Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, who was also present in the meeting, said the divisions about the national issues would lessen chances for finding a solution for Kosovo.