Turkey will not be 'hitched' to terror agenda says Erdogan

Speaking in Istanbul, Turkish president says extremist attacks will not damage nation's unity

Turkey will not be 'hitched' to terror agenda says Erdogan

World Bulletin / News Desk

The assassination of Moscow’s ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov, was a “provocation” against “Turkish-Russian relations”, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Istanbul's Eurasia Tunnel, Erdogan said Turkey would not “let extrem hitch us to its own agenda”.

The Russian envoy was shot dead on Monday evening as he attended the opening ceremony of an art gallery in capital Ankara.

Erdogan also said extrem attacks will not harm the nation’s unity.

He also confirmed that a joint commission with Russia was set to start investigating the incident and those responsible.

Crowds at the opening ceremony shouted” "We want the death penalty!"

"You are right. The people should get what they want," Erdogan responded.

The death penalty was banned in Turkey in 2004 as part of the country’s attempt to be closer to the European Union.

However, after the bloody coup attempt of July 15, some citizens have been calling for the reinstatement of capital.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Aralık 2016, 16:55