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Greece will offer the EU to draw up a list of sanctions against Turkey StopCor

This was stated by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, reports Euractive.

«We, Greece and Cyprus, call on the EU to have a list of strong sanctions in case Turkey violates the sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus,» the official said.

Dandyas intends to raise this issue at a meeting of EU foreign ministers on July 13 in Brussels, which will focus on Turkey. In particular, it will address the most problematic issues in bilateral relations — from illegal oil and gas exploration in the Mediterranean to Turkey’s involvement in the conflicts in Libya and Syria.

The ministers will also discuss Turkey’s decision to turn Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque.

On July 10, the State Council (Supreme Administrative Court) of Turkey reportedly overturned a 1934 government decision on the status of the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, which would allow the monument to be used as a mosque again.

The EU has criticized the Turkish government’s decision.

Hagia Sophia received museum status in 1934 on the initiative of the first President of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Since 1985, the cathedral has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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