The Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia Kirill gave a Christmas interview to Dmitriy Kiselev, which was broadcast on Rossiya 1 TV channel, Lragir reports.
According to Oxu.Az, Patriarch Kirill spoke about the situation in the Middle East and Christian-Muslim relations.
He said Christians of Syria, Iraq and other places were caught in a very complex state.
"The relations between Christians and Muslims have never been cloudless, there were cases of forceful Islamization, conquer of Christian lands, but, if we do not consider the military actions, which were also accompanied by losses from this or that party, the Islamic world has never witnessed anything similar to the ongoing developments," the patriarch said.
He cited the Ottoman empire as an example.
"Let's take, for example, the Ottoman empire, Christian minorities were not terminated there," he said.