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Turkish interior min. makes more outrageous statements on Hagia Sophia and East Med.

Featured Turkish interior min. makes more outrageous statements on Hagia Sophia and East Med.

New provocative statements were made by the Turkish Minister of Interior, Suleyman Soylu, concerning both the Hagia Sophia and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Despite the outcry over the vandalism in Hagia Sophia, a close aide to Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened that turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque is just the beginning, stressing that Turkey is not afraid of the West.

"Because they said you can not do it, we reopened the closed Varosia in Cyprus, with the will of our president. Do you know what we did when we were busy with the pandemic? We turned Hagia Sophia into a mosque, something they held over our heads for years like Damocles' Sword, threatening us with a disturbance of peace and vowing not to let us convert it. I say this so that they understand and are ready for what we have to do," he said characteristically.

In addition, as SKAI reported, he also referred to the issue of the Eastern Mediterranean and the exploitation of natural gas, pointing out that it belongs to Turkey.

"Let the United States deal with us, as well as Europe. "We took such a step without being afraid of anyone in the world to whom we showed our power and said if there is natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, then we are the owners," he said.

Global disgust for the catastrophes at the Imperial Gate
Meanwhile, the images of the vandalism of the Imperial Gate of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople caused global disgust. In fact, the anger and disgust were caused not only through the complaints that were made and the images that were seen around the world through social media, but also by the attitude of indifference shown by the security officials of the Monument.

The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted immediately and stigmatized the vandalism. As emphasized in the announcement issued by:

"The images of the vandalism of the Hagia Sophia Imperial Gate in Istanbul, a World Heritage Site, cause us disgust and sadness," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"Also, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the competent authorities to do their due diligence so that those responsible can be brought to justice, as well as to immediately repair the damage to the Monument."