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The ROC linked the situation to the Hagia Sophia with the legalization of a split in Ukraine

The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church associates the transformation of Hagia Sophia (Hagia Sophia) into a mosque and the disunity of the Orthodox world with anticanonically the legalization of a split in Ukraine by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, says the statement of the Synod, published on the website of the ROC on Friday.

Session of the Holy Synod was held on 16 and 17 July under the chairmanship of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

The Synod notes that "in an era of increasing Christianophobia and the increased pressure of secular society," the Church, the unity needed "more than ever".

"We urge the fraternal local Churches together in a spirit of peace and love in Christ, to seek a way out of the crisis", - concluded in the ROC.

Earlier, first Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Alexander Shchipkov has declared that the fault for changing the status of Hagia Sophia "rests with Patriarch Bartholomew, which was perpetrated a schism in the world Orthodoxy." "The results of ludomanov the Ukrainian schismatics" has led, according to Shipkova, problems in the relationship between Orthodox churches have weakened the Orthodox world, "and this took Erdogan".

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. In UNESCO, the number of States of the world and in the Russian Orthodox Church, unfortunately, reacted to this decision.

The Cathedral of Sveta Sofia (Hagia Sophia) was founded by the Christian Emperor Justinian and inaugurated on 27 December 537. The Cathedral is about a thousand years was the largest Christian Church in the 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.