The decision to turn the Hagia Sophia from a Museum to a mosque is an internal affair of Turkey, said Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Vershinin.
“overall, we believe that we are talking about the internal Affairs of Turkey, which, of course, neither we nor others should not interfere”, — quotes the diplomat RIA Novosti.
However, he drew attention to the value of this object from the point of view of world culture and civilization.
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On 10 July the Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree on the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.
According to him, this is a step towards “building a great and strong Turkey.”