The Kremlin praised Erdogan's promises about open access to the Holy Sophia in Istanbul

the Statements by Ankara that the Holy Sophia in Istanbul will be able to get everyone after the Cathedral became a mosque in Moscow was seen as satisfactory. As reported by RIA “Novosti”, said press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

“We have heard statements of our Turkish colleagues and the Turkish President in the first place, that the Hagia Sophia will be maintained and that access will remain open, this causes satisfaction,” he replied to the question, if the answer of the leader of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation of the presidents, where in particular focused on the situation around the Hagia Sophia.

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul by the decision of the State Council of Turkey converted into a mosque. The Hagia Sophia was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian. Cathedral over a thousand years was the largest Church in the Christian world. After the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, the Cathedral was converted into a mosque but since 1934 the building by decree of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk became a Museum and was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.

on the Eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone drew the attention of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the “considerable public outcry” that caused Russia’s decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

“the Turkish President gave relevant explanations, noting that the access to this unique monument of world civilization will be guaranteed to everyone, including foreign citizens, and provide for the preservation of Christian sacred objects,” the report States.

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