Putin: Karlov murder 'provocation' to hurt Turkey ties

Russian president calls for 'strenghtening' of war against terrorism

Putin: Karlov murder 'provocation' to hurt Turkey ties

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday the attack on Russian envoy was a "provocation" to undermine relations Turkey and Russia carry in Syria.

Putin's remarks followed the fatal shooting of Andrey Karlov, Moscow’s ambassador to Turkey, at an art exhibition in Ankara.

"Attack on Russian ambassador was a provocation against the good relations that Turkey and Russia carried out in Syria," Putin said and called for a 'strengthening' of the war against terror as a response to the assassination.

He also wanted to know who "directed" the killer.

Karlov was delivering a speech at the Contemporary Arts Gallery in the central Cankaya district when an assailant opened fire on the diplomat before shooting into the air.

The envoy was seriously wounded and immediately rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police special forces neutralized the attacker in an operation that lasted around 15 minutes.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Aralık 2016, 00:27