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The decision on Hagia Sophia is an element of escalating Turkish provocation sponsored by the US, NATO and the EU
The Press Office of the CC of the KKE, issued the following comment on the decree converting the Hagia Sophia into a mosque:
"The decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque, which is a World Heritage Site, has been manipulated by the Erdogan government and is another element of the escalation of Turkish provocation.
From this point of view, this action is not only a direct insult to the character of Hagia Sophia, as those who supposedly condemn it verbally try to portray it, but it is a link in the overall strategy of the Turkish ruling class, which is supported by the stance and the plans of US, NATO and EU in the region".
In a statement on the same subject, the GS of the CC of the KKE, Dimitris Koutsoumbas, stated:
"The unacceptable and provocative decision of the Erdogan government to turn Hagia Sophia, this World Heritage Site, into a mosque, proves that Turkey's provocation is escalating step by step. At the same time, it intensifies religious and nationalist rivalries, which are exploited by the powerful forces to divide peoples.
Equally provocative are the hypocritical reactions to the issue, both by the US and the EU, which expose the Greek government and all the pro-US/NATO parties who have declared these alliances patrons of international law, while they are the ones who tolerate - if they do not encourage - the Turkish provocation".