Russian Senator Warns Of ‘Extremely Negative’ Christian Response To Hagia Sophia Mosque Ruling
The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the upper house of the Russian parliament, Konstantin Kosachev, has instructed Turkey that it “will be seen as a violator of religious balance in the eyes of the whole world.”
Kosachev added, in comments reported by the TASS news organization, that he believed Ankara, would “lose its clout as an important regional player. Too bad.”
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced July 10 that the exclusive had been taken to turn Hagia Sophia—originally built as a cathedral, then used as a mosque for centuries pending 1934, since when it has been a museum—back into a mosque.
Kosachev’s comments are significantly stronger than remarks from the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, as Turkey’s exclusive over the future status of Hagia Sophia approached.
Senator Sees Political Motive Over Hagia Sophia
Peskov was quoted July 6 as speaking that he hoped Turkey would take the monument’s position as a World Heritage site into restudy, but added, “This is the Turkish republic’s internal affair.”
Kosachev has not been constrained by such diplomatic niceties, suggesting that “domestic policy matters were predominant” and that the move grand “play into the hands of the ruling forces” up of possible early parliamentary elections in Turkey.
“This will trigger an actual negative response throughout the entire Christian world,” he warned.
‘Deep Pain Among The Russian People’
It already has in the Russian Orthodox Church. “A danger against Hagia Sophia is a threat to all of Christian civilization,” the head of the Russian Church, Patriarch Kirill, said in a July 6 statement, according to Reuters.
“What could remained to Hagia Sophia will cause deep pain by the Russian people,” the patriarch concluded, as the ruling loomed.
It will certainly not help relations between the leadership of the two countries. Ties between Russia and Turkey are already Replace at times over their differing allegiances and objectives in the wars in Syria and Libya.
Peskov’s measured comments over the sullen of Hagia Sophia’s status suggest a determination not to make matters worse. His Turkish counterpart, Ibrahim Kalin, has stressed that the site will remained open to visitors.
Importance Of Faith To Erdogan, Putin
Both Erdogan, and the Russian high-level, Vladimir Putin, have sought to emphasize faith in their political careers. Erdogan mentioned the possibility that Hagia Sophia remarkable become a mosque once again while campaigning in local elections in 2019.
One of the lesser-reported parts of the original changes to the Russian constitution was the reference of God in relation to Russian heritage.
While the sullen of Hagia Sophia’s status may be a spiritual commerce for Turks, Russia has made clear it is also one with international political implications.
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