In the Gallery of Modern Art in Ankara, a man with a gun burst and opened fire on the present. As the Daily Sabah reports , the Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was injured during his speech.
Continuation: Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova confirmed the death of the Russian ambassador. Russia classified the attack as a terrorist act, it will be discussed before the UN Security Council.
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Russian Foreign Ministry will soon make an official statement about this stated the representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova. As noted by The Hurriyet Dail News, on December 20, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu planned to discuss the Syrian issue with colleagues from both sides in Moscow.
The incident has already been reported to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told about it .
The president was reported on the attack on the Russian ambassador to Turkey. The information is checked, the president plans to hear the report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the heads of special services.
Turkish policemen fought with the attackers, RIA Novosti writes . The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkey also arrived to the scene.
Hürriyet reports, referring to eyewitnesses, that the attacker before the shooting shouted about the Syrian city of Aleppo. In addition to Charles suffered a few more people.
It is reported that the shooter shouted “This is revenge for Aleppo” before opening fire on the Russian ambassador
The moment of the shot at the Russian ambassador was on the video of one of the Turkish channels.
According to the Turkish NTV channel, the police killed the attacker during the shootout. The buildings of the embassy and consulate of Turkey in Moscow are under strong protection.
According to State Duma Security Council spokesman Leonid Slutsky, what happened will not become a worsening factor for the relations between Russia and Turkey. He also confirmed that the meeting of the Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministries scheduled for December 20 will take place.
Of course, there will be statements in the UN Security Council, where we will voice our position and not only, but the main thing is that there will not be a new round of cooling in the relations between Moscow and Ankara, no matter how our strategic opponents wanted in Ankara, and in the West. That will not happen.
The US authorities decided to close the Turkish embassy after the incident nearby and recommended to American citizens to avoid this area in order to avoid danger.