Russian President Vladimir Putin held telephone talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan, the Kremlin’s press service reports. It is noted that Putin drew Erdogan’s attention to the public outcry caused by the transformation of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
The Turkish side initiated the conversation. Erdogan promised Putin that everyone would be allowed to visit Hagia Sophia, and Christian values in the mosque will be preserved.
It is also reported that the parties discussed the situation in Libya and Syria, as well as the resumption of international air traffic as the epidemiological situation improves.
Recall that on July 10, the Turkish state Council annulled the decision of 1934 to turn the Hagia Sophia from a mosque into a Museum. Now Hagia Sophia is again becoming a mosque, where Muslim services will be held.