Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was giving a speech at a photo exhibition in Turkey’s capital Ankara, while he was shot dead. The killing has happened at a time when Russia, Iran, and turkey had planned to meet in Moscow to discuss on the situation of Syria.
Donal Trump, the newly elected US President, also condemned the assassination of Karlov. He said that the killing was carried out by a radical Islamic terrorist who violated all rules of civilized order. He also offered his condolences to Karlov’s family after the fatal incident.
Karlov was reportedly several minutes into his speech when a man in suit shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and fired several shots at the Russian ambassador. A photographer present at the event informed that at least eight shots were fired. After the incident, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed Andrey Karlov’s death on live television.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement that the killing was designed to spoil the Russian-Turkish ties. The attack on the Russian ambassador intended to derail Russia’s attempt to find a solution to Syrian crisis along with Iran and Turkey. A criminal case has been opened by the Russian investigator, added the Russian President.
President Putin had a phone call with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and he has agreed to send Russian investigators to Ankara to help Turkish agencies with the investigation. He also increased the security at Turkish diplomatic facilities in Russia and has asked Turkey to guarantee the safety of Russian diplomatic facilities in the country.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that “This is a provocation to damage the normalisation process of Turkish-Russian relations. But both the Russian and Turkish administrations have the determination not to fall for this provocation”.