Putin, Erdogan attend opening of Moscow Cathedral Mosque

The new Moscow Cathedral Mosque opened on Wednesday in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The new building of the Moscow Mosque was erected on the place of a historical building constructed in the early 20th century and torn down in 2011.

Ideological concepts of the Islamic State are distorting and compromising Islam, President Vladimir Putin said at the opening ceremony, Interfax Religion reports.

“We can see what is going on in the Middle East where terrorists of the so-called Islamic State are compromising the great world religion, seeding hatred, murdering people, including clerics, and barbarically destroying world cultural monuments,” Putin said at the Moscow Cathedral Mosque opening ceremony.

The ISIS ideology “is built on lies, on blatant distortion of Islam,” he said.

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