Ankara: The Russian president to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead on Monday when he was visiting an arts exhibition.
Mevlut Aydintas, a 22 years old man has been identified as the killer, he is a member of Ankara riot police although it is not yet clear whether he had any ties to any other group or not.
A video has been released which shows Mr Karlov giving a speech when eight gunshots ring out, then a man dressed in a suit is seen holding a gun and shouting “don’t forget Aleppo” and “don’t forget Syria” in Turkey and Arabic.
A meeting between the foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Russia had been planned on Tuesday in Moscow before the attack.
Apparently the attack happened due to Russia’s involvement in Syria and its support for the Syrian president Bashar Al Assad.
The president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that this attack was targeted against the Turkish nation and its objective was to create a conflict between Russia and Turkey.
He talked with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin on phone and video messaging and both of them agreed that the assassination was an attempt to sabotage the relationship between Russia and Turkey.
Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson of Vladimir Putin said that a team of investigators from Russia will arrive in Turkey to investigate the case.
The attack has come a few days after the protests regarding the situation in Aleppo and it is being suggested that the assassination may be due to Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.
The assassination of the Russian ambassador has been condemned by other countries, Francois Hollande, the president of France strongly condemned that murder, while the interior minister of Germany Thomas de Maiziere said that Germany will stand by Turkey in the fight against terrorism.
Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary of UK said, “Shocked to hear of desicable murder of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. My thoughts are with his family. I condemn this cowardly attack.”
The United States secretary of state John Kerry said, “We stand ready to offer assistance to Russia and Turkey as they investigate this despicable attack, which was also an assault on the right of all diplomats to safely and securely advance and represent their nations around the world.”
In another incident hours after the killing of Andrei Karlov another man was arrested for firing a shotgun in front of the US embassy in Ankara according to the Anadolu press agency, no one was reportedly injured.
Andrei Karlov was a seasoned diplomat and had previously served as an ambassador to North Korea for the most part of the 1980’s and then in South Korea in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed.