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In the state Duma assessed the situation with the status of Hagia Sophia

The situation with the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and provoking the conflict serves the interests of the forces, far from Islam and Orthodoxy, the Chairman of the Duma Committee on civil society development issues, public and religious organisations Sergey Gavrilov.

The state Duma on Tuesday adopted a draft address to the Grand national Assembly of Turkey in connection with the discussion of the question of changing the status of the Church-Museum of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, urging to take all possible steps to prevent damage that can cause a hasty change of status.

The Deputy, who was quoted by his press service, said that the sovereignty of Turkey is not questioned from the Russian Federation and the Republic are actively developing bilateral relations in all fields

"Hagia Sophia is the subject of increased interest among Russian tourists and pilgrims, and we would hope that the Turkish side will agree to leave Cathedral in the status of the monument heritage of mankind. It is a must for all believers. It is possible, as suggested by the Armenian Patriarch of Turkey, provide an opportunity to serve at the Cathedral of the different religions", - said the Deputy.

He also noted that in the world I really appreciate and respect the decision of the founder of modern Turkey Kemal Ataturk, in which the Cathedral was cleared, was restored murals.

"The decision on the fate of Hagia Sophia in favor of maintaining the Museum will serve to strengthen relations between the traditional religions, peoples and cultures. Provoking conflict is not just complicated our relationship, but also serves the interests of forces far from the interests of Islam and Orthodoxy," - said Gavrilov.

Turkey currently actively discussed the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a 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.

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 transformed into a mosque, but since the mid 30-ies of the last century 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.