Dec 20: Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov at late night on Monday was shot dead by an unidentified gunman. He was attending a painting exhibition in the Turkish capital.
Karlov was shot dead while making a speech at a painting exhibition, the Russian embassy said, adding it believed that it was a radical Islamist attack. Karlov was envoy since July 2013.
The attack comes a day before Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu heads to Moscow for talks on Syria with his Russian and Iranian counterparts.
The gunman shot the envoy in the back and then shot him again when he was on the ground.
CNN reported the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” before firing at the diplomat. AJ+ reported that the gunmen yelled “Don’t forget Aleppo, Don’t forget Syria.” Delivering a threat, the gunman said, “You won’t be safe until we’re safe.”
To this, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the killing of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara is designed to spoil the Russia-Turkey ties.
He said Russian investigators have opened a criminal case into the killing.
“A crime has been committed and it was without doubt a provocation aimed at spoiling the normalization of Russo-Turkish relations and spoiling the Syrian peace process which is being actively pushed by Russia, Turkey, Iran and others,” said a stern-faced Putin.
“There can only be one response – stepping up the fight against terrorism. These ‘thugs’ will feel this happening,” added Putin.