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Erdogan has promised to keep the Hagia Sophia open as a museum outside of worship hours, but the move still generated condemnation from religious and secular authorities worldwide. The UN said it was “disappointed” in the Turkish leader, while EU and US leaders urged him not to go ahead with the move.
Russian Orthodox bishop Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk described the move as “a slap in the face” to Christians worldwide.
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