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On 30 September 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, met with H.E. Oleg N. Scherbak, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Macedonia.

Metropolitan Hilarion congratulated Mr. Scherbak with his 65th birthday and presented him with an award of the Russian Orthodox Church – the medal of the Order of St. Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles.

Mr. Scherbak told Metropolitan Hilarion about the work of the Russian Embassy in Skopje undertaken for the strengthening of fraternal relations between peoples of Russia and Macedonia and the broadening of cooperation between the two countries in science and culture.

Attending the meeting was Mr. A. Khoshev of the DECR secretariat for inter-Orthodox relations.