[ads1]BREAKING NEWS: Russian ambassador is shot dead by gunman screaming ‘We die in Aleppo, you die here’ during art exhibition in Turkey GRAPHIC CONTENT Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador, was shot dead as he prepared a speech Russia’s policy in Syria, and especially in Aleppo, has been hugely unpopular Turkey’s Anadolu Agency say the gunman has been ‘neutralised’
Russia’s ambassador to Turkey has been shot dead while visiting an art exhibition in the capital, Ankara.The gunman, a smartly dressed man in a suit and tie, was heard shouting: ‘We die in Aleppo, you die here!’
Andrey Karlov was taken to hospital but unconfirmed reports say he has died. The attack came after days of protests in Turkey over Russia’s role in Syria and the attacker reportedly shouted about Aleppo during the attack. Turkey’s Anadolu Agency has said the gunman has been ‘neutralised’.
Russia Today reported that Mr Karlov was injured as he prepared to deliver a speech at the opening of the exhibition on ‘Russia in the eyes of Turks’.
Eyewitnesses told the TASS news agency that several shots were fired and the gunman shouted ‘Get out!’
Today’s shooting comes 24 hours before the Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is due in Moscow for talks with his Russian and Iranian counterparts. The United States condemns the gun attack on the Russian ambassador to Turkey earlier on Monday, the U.S. State Department said.
‘We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source,’ said U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement, ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.’ Russia’s President Putin and Turkey’s President Erdogan have been increasingly friendly in recent months but they share enemies – Islamist extremists.
Relations between Moscow and Ankara worsened after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane which crossed over the Syrian border in November 2015 but have warmed up again recently.