President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has decided to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque, to raise the popularity of the Turkish leader behaves like the sultans of the Ottoman Empire, said to RIA Novosti, the Greek expert, columnist, the former head of the Athens news Agency AMNA Michalis Psilos.
"Erdogan, fully identifying himself with the Ottoman sultans turned Hagia Sophia into a mosque and has strengthened its declining popularity in the case of an election, which can be arranged in the near future," said Psilos.
Change the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and its transformation from a Museum to a mosque is not a religious question and does not apply to relations between Christians and Muslims, but it will affect Turkey's relations with Greece, with Europe and with Russia, and President Tayyip Erdogan should very seriously think about whether to do this, according to the Greek expert, columnist, the former head of the Athens news Agency AMNA Michalis Psilos.
Turkish President Erdogan said that waiting for the decision of the state Council on the possibility of changing the status of Hagia Sophia and its transformation from a Museum into a mosque will do depending on him. The Supreme administrative court of Turkey - the state Council - 2 July, considered the question of changing the status of Hagia Sophia. The state Council believes that 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.