Speaking from the other side than that of the numerical majority on this forum, I have been told in no uncertain terms by our clergy that reception of communion outside of the OO Church is absolutely not acceptable, and we will not commune Chalcedonians of any stripe, whether they call themselves Orthodox or not. In the face of that, my (or anyone's) personal opinion about who is or isn't closer or farther from us in this or that respect really doesn't matter. I've been told by some that this seems like a minority view within OO'xy itself, but I don't know what to say to that other than to point out that I don't want to receive at any other church anyway, and I don't want them to receive from our church, either. If I wanted to be a Byzantine, believe me, I could've done that much easier than what I eventually ended up doing. Likewise, I was already Roman Catholic, so it would've been even easier to just keep being one. But I made my decision, and am at peace with it. If we never commune with the Byzantines or the Romans, we are no worse for it. But if I had to guess, I would say that some who already see us as holding the same faith might think there's no reason not to have intercommunion. The problem with that, of course, is that popular sentiment is not a replacement for official, mutual recognition. I spent more than enough time in the RCC to become extremely suspicious of anyone who would claim that X and Y churches are really the same or have the same faith, when only X or only Y is claiming that. If I didn't like it when Catholics did it, I certainly don't like it when Orthodox do it.
We should be praying instead of looking for loopholes or taking what very little evidence we may have seen as evidence of a reality that I think most of us (whether pro-intercommunion or anti-) will agree has yet to materialize, despite rosy (or doomsday) predictions.