2020-07-10 18:31:00

Decision on Hagia Sophia undermines Ankara's int'l authority - Kosachyov

Moscow, July 10, Interfax - Turkey's decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque will cause an extremely negative reaction in the entire Christian world, making Ankara look like a violator of inter-religious balance, the head of the Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee, Konstantin Kosachyov, said.

"The State Council of Turkey (which is also the country's supreme administrative court) has still annulled the authorities' decision of 1934 to turn Istanbul's cathedral of the Holy Wisdom into a museum. This means that now the temple will again be used as a mosque, which of course will cause an extremely negative reaction in the whole Christian world," Kosachyov wrote on Facebook.

"Many political and Christian forces of the world have voiced their concern and I suppose that in the eyes of the whole world Ankara will now look like a violator of interreligious balance and lose its authority as an important regional player," he said.