The head of the Greek foreign Ministry considers the issue of Hagia Sophia global
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias said that "dangerous" to consider the transformation of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque problem, Greek-Turkish relations, not the world. In an interview with Skai Dendias also said that the EU should have a ready list of "strong" measures against Turkey in case of its violation of the sovereign rights of Greece.
On Monday, the issue of Turkey will be discussed in Brussels at the Council of foreign Ministers of the European Union. "There Greece will ask the European Union to compile a list of the strongest possible measures against Turkey if Turkey violates the sovereign rights of Greece," said Dendias.
"Sanctions will not touch the problem of Hagia Sophia. Should be (on this issue) initiative of UNESCO and the United Nations, not only Greece," said the Minister.
"Erdogan is doing everything intentionally. He cancels even the traditions of their country. He turns away from the international community and its rules," the Minister said.
He called the problem of Agia Sofia of the world. "The danger is that we believe the question about Hagia Sophia in Greek-Turkish, but it is global. It is a question of abolition of the rules and disrespect to the international community," he said.
Dendias said that the decision of Hagia Sophia refers to a series of provocative actions against Greece and the countries of the region and we should not ignore the fact that Turkey does not show any spirit of cooperation in accordance with international law.
With regard to the protection of the sovereign rights of Greece and their violations, Dendias said that Europe must quickly take a position to prevent them.
"Because if she's not hurt, she does not like what is going to happen. We have told Turkey that they are not going to stay inactive," said Dendias and added that Greece has a very capable armed forces.
The state Council, Turkey's highest administrative court - July 10, 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.
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.