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In the state Duma commented on the decision of Turkey's Hagia Sophia

Change the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul will be painfully perceived by the Orthodox world, but also not the best way affect the socio-political life of Turkey, said RIA Novosti, first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Dmitry Novikov.

The Turkish state Council (Supreme administrative court) on Friday annulled the decision of 1934 the transformation of Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) Museum.

"It (changing the status of a Cathedral), I think, not only for the Orthodox world painful, and it is on the inside of Turkish life, socio-political, cultural, affect not the best way. Once again, remember atatürk - his legacy is associated with the formation of the secular state," - said Novikov.

He noted that in Turkey, due to historical traditions of Islam is the leading religion, but at the same time, it's a big country, inhabited by representatives of different faiths and nationalities. "And from the point of view of positioning of Turkey in the modern world, of course, the decision to save Sofia if it took place, would be in the interest of the whole world, the interests of representatives of different Nations and faiths, and I think that, of course, the interests of Turkey itself," he added.

Turkish President Tayyip 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 state Council July 2 was considered to change the status of Hagia Sophia. The state Council believes that to change the status of the Cathedral is the presidential decree.

The Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier that his country has the right to change the status of a Cathedral, turning it into a mosque, without taking into account the views of other States.

The Hagia Sophia 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.