The EU Foreign Affairs Council, which met on Monday, called on Turkey to urgently reconsider and change its decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

At the request of Greece, there was a broad consensus to draw up a list of further sanctions that will allow the EU to respond effectively, if Turkey proceeds with its delinquent behavior, said Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

“The decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque inevitably cultivates mistrust and provokes new divisions between religious communities and undermines our efforts for dialogue and co-operation”, stressed the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, who pointed out that the Euro-Turkish relations are not good at the moment and was authorized to consider ways to de-escalate the situation with Turkey.

Several countries sided with Greece to take stricter measures against Turkey, such as France, Luxembourg, Estonia, Slovakia and Sweden, while Austria even called for the suspension of accession negotiations.