Erdogan commented on the accusations because of the situation with the Hagia Sophia
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the accusations against Ankara in connection with the possibility of deprivation of the Hagia Sophia and the status of the Museum are attacks on the sovereignty of the country.
The Supreme administrative court of Turkey, the state Council on Thursday considered the question of changing the status of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The decision will be announced within 15 days. The state Council believes that to change the status of the Cathedral is the presidential decree, reported by the Greek TV ERT.
"The accusations against our country in connection with the Aya Sofia are essentially attacks on the sovereignty of Turkey," - said the President, speaking in Istanbul's Levent district. The speech was broadcast by Turkish TV channels.
"We do not interfere in the Affairs of the prayer organizations in other countries, in the same way, no one has the right or authority to interfere in matters related to our Shrine," said Erdogan.
According to the foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu said that his country was entitled to change the status of the Cathedral, turning it into a mosque, without taking into account the views of other States.
Aya Sofia was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian, and was opened on 27 December 537. 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.