The Church of Greece said Wednesday it supported Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios' right to grant independence to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in 2018.
The Holy Synod, which met on Tuesday and Wednesday, said it also recognized Vartholomaios' "privilege" to "further address the issue of recognition."
Moldova's pro-Russian President Igor Dodon said on Tuesday that Russian Patriarch Kirill will visit Moldova from October 27 to 28 - a shorter visit than the four-day trip that was initially announced.
The Russian Patriarch has cancelled his planned sermon in Tiraspol in the breakaway region of Transnistria.
The United States said in a statement on Sept. 25 that it supports Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Dimitri Bartholomew's stance on granting independence to the Ukrainian Church.
As the battle hots up over whether a number of countries in the region should get their own Orthodox Churches, Serbian Patriarch Irinej has written to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople warning him about the danger of introducing the principle of giving ecclesiastical independence, or autocephaly, to new states or nations.