Greek politician proposed to impose sanctions against Turkey

Greece after the decision of Turkey to turn Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque must immediately to impose sanctions against Ankara to close the Turkish Consulate in Komotini, the Museum of Kemal Ataturk in Thessaloniki, the border with Turkey, to open a mosque in Votanikos and close hundreds of illegal mosques, said RIA Novosti former MEP and President of the party "Greece – another way" NOTIS Marias.

He is Professor at the University of Crete, where he teaches the institutional setting of the European Union.

The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court on Friday annulled the decision of 1934 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.

"For many years, Erdogan was preparing the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. For this reason, being a member of the European Parliament in the period 2014-2019, I have repeatedly condemned it in their speeches before the European Parliament," said Marias.

He said the decision of Erdogan's Cathedral, provocative, unhistorical, completely illegal.

"It violates the UNESCO decision to declare the Hagia Sophia a world heritage site. The Hagia Sophia is not prey Erdogan, he belongs to all mankind. It is a symbol of Christianity. Turning it into a mosque, Erdogan provokes and offends not only Christians but all of humanity," - said the politician.

"The civilized world community must resist the call of Turkey and the dilemma of "culture and barbarism" to answer "no barbarity, no tolerance, no to Islamic fundamentalism," said Marias.

According to him, the illegal decision of Erdogan to turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque has already been condemned by Greece, Russia, the EU and the USA, as well as all the Christian religious leaders.

"In this context, the message of the Moscow Patriarchate was particularly loud," said the politician.

In his opinion, the world community, UNESCO, the European Union and the entire civilized world must declare about the ongoing struggle that Hagia Sophia remain a Museum and a world heritage site, and Orthodox peoples, Greeks and Russians have to stand together at the forefront of the fight against this "modern fall St. Sophia, against the desecration of the great temple of Orthodoxy, against the abuse of our Christian faith."

The politician has proposed a tough response.

"Greece should immediately impose sanctions against Turkey. To close the Turkish Consulate in Komotini (where the Muslim minority lives), close to Museum of Kemal in Thessaloniki, close to the border with Turkey, banning all movement of people and goods, not to open a mosque in Votanikos to close hundreds of clandestine mosques which are operated by illegal immigrants," - said the politician.

"At the same time, Greece should encourage the EU to impose economic sanctions on Turkey, including a ban on the funding of Turkey from the EU and the European investment Bank, the freezing of assets of Turkish officials, the ban on the entry of Turkish officials into the EU and an embargo on the import of Turkish products in the European Union. The only way we send a message to Erdogan that the Hagia Sophia is the greatest temple of Orthodoxy, which he could not defile by their actions," said Marias.

Museum of the founder of the modern Turkish state Kemal Ataturk in Thessaloniki visited annually by thousands of tourists from Turkey.

As for mosques in Greece a few months from the expected opening of a mosque in the Athens area Votanikos. Athens remains the last European capital where there is no mosque. After independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1832, no government of Greece were not allowed to build a mosque in Athens. In the capital of Greece there are tens of thousands of Muslims from the Middle East, Africa and Indian subcontinent. They pray in the illegal Shrine.

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.

The decision to turn the Hagia Sofia mosque caused a sharp reaction in many countries of the world.