Ilia II meets Kirill in Moscow Jan, 2013 (

Tbilisi, DFWatch – The head of Georgian Church  is expected to pay a visit to Moscow in November to attend a 70-year jubilee of his Russian counterpart.

According to the Patriarchate of Georgia,  Catholikos-Patriarch Ilia II was invited by the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to celebrate his 70th jubilee on November 20.

The 83-year-old patriarch is also expected to visit a Georgian Orthodox church in Moscow and to meet with the representatives of the Georgian community during his November 18-23 trip to Russia.

Since August 2008 when following a brief war with Russia Georgia has suspended diplomatic relations with its northern neighbour, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II is the only the highest ranking Georgian dignitary, who has kept ties with Russia. He even met President Vladimir Putin in one occasion in Jan, 2013.

The Patriarchate didn’t comment on  whether Ilia II would meet with the Russian politicians