The designation was given during comments by Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy, who lambasted on Monday a statement by the foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates. United criticizing “ongoing Turkish illegal activities” in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Cyprus and its involvement in the Libyan crisis.
Aksoy said the joint declaration “is an example of the hypocrisy of a group of countries that seek regional chaos and instability through the policies they pursue and see no harm in sacrificing the democratic aspirations of the people to the insane aggression of the putschist dictators. , and who fell into a delirium, their agendas being disrupted by Turkey. “
A day earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had denounced the Greek and Armenian lobbies active on the international scene, calling them “evil powers”.
Meanwhile, the fate of the 6th-century Hagia Sophia, an old church in Istanbul that is now a museum, returned to the fore on Tuesday with a tweet from Turkish Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, which suggested that ‘it should be converted into a mosque. , reiterating the calls made to this effect by senior Turkish officials in recent months, much to the chagrin of Greece.
The church was the main seat of the Greek Orthodox Church until it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of the city then known as Constantinople in 1453. The structure was transformed into a museum in 1935 Hagia Sophia is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.