Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Hagia Sophia decision would not harm relations between Moscow and Ankara.
Is the state of secularism in Turkey entirely predicated upon the exclusion of worshippers from the Hagia Sophia?
Erdogan's comments come after a top Turkish administrative court annulled the 1934 conversion of Hagia Sophia into a museum.
A landmark ruling has reversed a previous decision preventing worship in the Hagia Sophia after its conversion into a museum in 1934.
It has lived life as a museum for over eighty years. Now, Istanbul’s grandest structure is open for prayer.
A Turkish court heard a case aimed at converting the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. It will announce its verdict within 15 days.
The 6th-century structure was the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral before it was changed into an imperial mosque following the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul. It was subsequently turned into a museum in 1934.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's statement came as Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord and warlord Khalifa Haftar restarted UN-led ceasefire talks.
The program began with images taken by a drone of routes Fatih Sultan Mehmet navigated and arrived at Hagia Sophia by carrying ships on land while conquering Istanbul.
On May 29, 1453, the ancient Roman city of Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks. Many historians consider the event – and this day – as marking the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of Europe's early modern period.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the exhibit which featured works of the late photographer.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says tourists who will come to visit mosques in Istanbul will visit "Hagia Sophia not as a museum, but as a mosque."
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