Erdogan: Istanbul to never become Constantinople

Erdogan: Istanbul to never become Constantinople

Istanbul will never become Constantinople and Turks will never leave this city, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, commenting on the recent terrorist attack in New Zealand mosques against Muslims.

According to Erdogan, it is apparent that there is still a hatred of Islam and Muslims in some circles.

The Turkish leader earlier said that the terrorist who had attacked Muslims in mosques in New Zealand had twice been to Turkey, and the purposes of his visits and who he met with are currently being specified.

Shootings took place at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on March 15, with 50 killed and 20 seriously injured. Four suspects were detained. The shooting at one of the mosques was carried out by an Australian citizen of ultra-right views – Brenton Tarrant, a native of Australia's Grafton. He streamed the attack online, and before the attack, published a 37-page manifesto, in which he called his actions a terrorist attack.