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Agia Sofia will always be on duty 500 police officers

Five hundred law enforcement officers will always carry the service in Ayia Sofia, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Supreme administrative court of Turkey on 10 July annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after that, Erdogan said that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. The first prayer was done at the Aya Sofia on July 24.

Greece protested to Turkey for studies in the sea

Greece protested to Turkey in connection with the intention to conduct seismic surveys near the Greek territory, as well as raised this issue in the EU, NATO and the United Nations, reported the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Greece.

The hydrographic service of Antalya on Tuesday released the notification of the international NAVTEX (Navtex) on seismic studies in the South and East of the island of kastellorizo from 21 July to 2 August. In Ankara it was announced that a research ship Oruc Reis will be in the area. There was also a 15 Turkish military vehicles. For this reason the Hellenic armed forces have been alerted across the country. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and held telephone conversations with the Minister of national defence Nikos Panayotopoulos and chief of General staff of national defense Konstantinos Floros.

Peskov told about the work with Putin

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said Vladimir Putin the most brilliant and the most current influential statesman in the world, and his work calls him success in life.

"Become the press Secretary, from my point of view, the most brilliant statesman in the world, the most influential statesman in the world of acting is, of course, good luck in life", - said Peskov in an interview with "Autoradio".

Erdogan spoke about the preparatory work in Hagia Sophia

About six months will be required for preparatory work in the Cathedral of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) to transform it into a mosque, stated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Friday, Erdogan signed a decree about the transformation of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there. This became possible after Turkey's Council of state annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum.

Klishas commented on the decision of Turkey's Hagia Sophia

The right of Turkey to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque is no doubt, however, Ankara is obliged to ensure its preservation as a cultural heritage of world importance, said RIA Novosti Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation Andrey Klishas.

The state Council of Turkey on Friday canceled a decision dated 1934, about the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a Museum. Immediately after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he had signed a decree about the transformation of the Cathedral into a mosque and the beginning of Muslim worship there.

Slutsky commented on Turkey's decision on the status of Hagia Sophia

The head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky has expressed a regret in connection with cancellation by the state Council of Turkey decision of 1934 the transformation of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a Museum.

"The issue of changing the status of the Church-Museum of Hagia Sophia only formally it may seem that is an internal matter of Turkey, in fact it is not so. The Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO world heritage site, has the status of a Museum that entails a number of legal obligations on the part of the Turkish authorities on preservation of the universal value of this monument," - said Slutsky RIA Novosti.

The expert assessed the situation over the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

The intention to turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque is not consistent with the provisions of Islam, respecting the shrines of other religions, said to RIA Novosti, Abbas Schumann, former Deputy head of al-Azhar University, one of the largest and most reputable Islamic universities in the world.

Turkey currently actively discussed the transformation of Hagia Sophia from Museum to mosque. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that waiting for the decision of the state Council on the possibility of changing the status of a Cathedral and will go on depending on him. The Supreme administrative court of Turkey, the state Council considered this matter on 2 July, according to Council members, to change the status of the Cathedral is the presidential decree. It is expected that the Council's decision will be published within 15 days.

The expert spoke about the purpose of tests S-400 to Turkey

Testing the Russian s-400 has allowed the Turkish military to study the features of the application, to assess the effectiveness of the Russian system and perhaps find weaknesses, said to RIA Novosti, the former Deputy commander of the air defense forces Land forces of the USSR the General-Lieutenant Alexander Luzan.

Portal Fighter Jets the World had reported earlier that the Turkish military started new trials of anti-aircraft missile systems s-400 vs American fighters F-16 and F-4 at the airbase Myurted near Ankara.

In Turkey, as a result of the accident injured 17 people

The bus got in an accident near the town of Gebze in Northern Turkey and overturned, killing one person and injuring 17, according to the Agency IHA.

According to him, the accident occurred at 21.30 Sunday local time (coincides with Moscow time) in the industrial zone of Gebze. The bus was moving in the direction of Ankara, on the part of the track, where he conducted the repair was narrowing.

The transport Ministry was not ready to discuss with Turkey the resumption of flights

The Ministry has informed the colleagues from Turkey that is not willing to discuss the proposal of Ankara on the resumption of air services from July 15, since the opening of borders is the prerogative of the Cabinet, told reporters Deputy Minister Yury Tsvetkov.

Earlier on Friday, the transport Ministry reported that videoconference was held the 11th meeting of the Russian-Turkish working group on transport. The Russian delegation was headed by Flowers, Turkish Deputy Minister of transport and infrastructure, Selim Dursun. It was reported that discussed issues of cooperation in the field of aviation, marine, rail and road transport.

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