The Serbian Church had insisted on postponing the Council but eventually decided to send a delegation to the meeting.
"The question whether or not the Serbian Church will leave is not on the agenda. There are no reasons for this. Representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church are satisfied with how the Council and the discussions are being held," one of the bishops told reporters.
On Sunday, the deputy chair of the Moscow Patriarchate’s External Church Relations Department said that any decisions that may be taken by the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church in Crete would not be binding, as it was convened in spite of recommendations by five local Orthodox churches to postpone it.