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Christianity is under tremendous siege.
I think in his vision he wants to be a leader of Europe, officially or unofficially. He has a mission in the European Union, to transform it and make it turn away from federalism and human rights based approach to and create an EU that is based on classic European values: nation state, Christianity and family.
Islam is foreign to us and for that reason it cannot invoke the principle of religious freedom to the same degree as Christianity.
Celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus has become a good occasion for the Russian and Ukrainian presidents to discuss key-issues for both states in person. Of interest though is whether Ukraine can keep the fine line between cooperation and integration with Russia.
We don't agree with Putin's position, he once said that Ukraine isn't even a state. We don't want him to drag Ukraine into another imperialist project, which is exactly why he came to Kiev.
On the other hand we shouldn't forget that Mr. Erdogan was also talking about something else. After a terrorist attack in Turkey, he said that all the big religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam must fight together against terrorism, because terrorism has nothing to do with religion.
Islamists believe the clash of civilisations pits the Islamic civilisation against the western civilisation, namely Christianity. For the ultra-nationalists, it's simply about reaffirming the supremacy of the nation over everything else, and it's about a programme that aims to give Turkey an identity that enables it to resist all outside influence.
I am sure that he is worried about the Christians and Christianity in Syria, as well he is worried about the Christians in the entire region. That is why an important part of his message will be to the Muslims in the region and to all the regimes. Can you imagine a Middle East without the Christians in it? What would be your stand on that?