Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, has said that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is the only American politician to give Russians, and Christians, hope in successfully fighting off the Islamic State terror group. Kirill made the remarks in an interview with Russia Today, translated into English, where he said that although he doesn’t know Trump personally, he has been encouraged by his strong stance against terrorism.

“Based on what Mr. Trump said in the course of the election campaign, we can see that he does have the intention to establish a dialogue with Russia, including first and foremost when it comes to combating terrorism. That’s good; it opens up new opportunities for cooperation, which is what I hope we’re going to have in Russia-U.S. relations in order to tackle this,” Kirill said. He added that he “can’t really say” much about Trump beyond that. READ MORE