Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara – FULL VIDEO
Watch the moment at which the Russian Ambassador was assassinated in the Turkish Capital, Ankara.
The Russian envoy to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, has been shot dead after a gunman stormed into a building in Ankara where the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition was being held.
19 December 2016
Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov worked hard to help Russia and Turkey overcome a crisis in relations after an SU-24 jet was downed near the Syrian-Turkey border, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told Rossiya-24 news channel.
“Ambassador Karlov who worked in Turkey for a long time personally contributed to developing bilateral ties with Turkey.”
“This is a great loss not only for us, but for the whole world, because our ambassador focused his efforts on settling the Syrian crisis and bringing stability to the region,” Zakharova said.
According to local media, Turkish police have detained the attacker's mother and sister.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that three other people wounded in the attack are not in a serious condition, and that one has already been released from hospital, according to Reuters.
Another video emerged online showing the gunman through the window of the exhibition hall from outside.
— РИА Новости (@rianru) December 19, 2016
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Turkish Interior Monister Suleyman Soylu has confirmed that the attacker served in the Turkish riot police, according to Reuters.
The US is ready to assist Russia and Turkey in their investigations into the tragedy, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Reuters reported.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu condemned the “lowly terrorist attack” on the Russian ambassador and pledged not to let it “cast a shadow” over the friendship between Russia and Turkey, Reuters reported.
EU Parliament President Martin Schulz has offered his condolences to the family of Andrey Karlov and said he expected all details of the murder to be established, RIA Novosti reported.
Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal probe into the assassination of the Russian ambassador under a terror act article, the committee reported.
“I condemn the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Ankara. This is an attack on Turkey's stability, which targets international prestige,” a tweet posted by former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
Rusya'nın Ankara büyükelçisine yönelik suikasti lanetliyorum. Bu saldırılar Türkiye'nin istikrarını, uluslararası saygınlığını hedef alıyor.
— Ahmet Davutoğlu (@Ahmet_Davutoglu) December 19, 2016
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