Russian Orthodox Church says regrets decision over Hagia Sophia - TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday said it regretted that a Turkish court did not take its concerns into account when ruling that Istanbul's Hagia Sophia being a museum was unlawful, the TASS news agency reported. It said the decision could lead to even greater divisions.

Reuters July 11, 2020 00:14:42 IST
Russian Orthodox Church says regrets decision over Hagia Sophia - TASS

Russian Orthodox Church says regrets decision over Hagia Sophia  TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday said it regretted that a Turkish court did not take its concerns into account when ruling that Istanbul's Hagia Sophia being a museum was unlawful, the TASS news agency reported.

It said the decision could lead to even greater divisions.

A Turkish court said on Friday it annulled a 1934 government decree turning Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia into a museum, ruling it was unlawful, paving the way for the building’s conversion back into mosque despite international warnings against such a move.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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