U.S. Issues Statement Regarding Russian Ambassador to Turkey Assassination

U.S. Issues Statement Regarding Russian Ambassador to Turkey Assassination

The Russian Ambassador to Turkey was killed Monday by a Turkish police officer who shot him in public at a photo exhibit. According to the Associated Press the officer, "appeared to condemn Russia's military role in Syria, shouting: "Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!"

Russian President Vladimir Putin determined Monday to get to the bottom of this and find out who gave the orders to allow this killing saying, 

"This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalization of Russian-Turkish relations, as well as undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in settling the conflict in Syria."

The "only response" to the attack that Moscow "should offer" is "stepping up the fight against terrorism. The killers will feel it," Putin stated.

The Associated Press reports that the officer was killed after a stand-off with police following the murder reporting, 

"The assailant, who was identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas, a 22-year-old member of Ankara's riot police squad, was later killed in a shootout with police. Three other people were wounded in the attack, authorities said.

The assassination came after days of protests by Turks angry over Russia's support for President Bashar Assad in the Syrian conflict and Russia's role in the bombardment and destruction of Aleppo, Syria's largest city."

The United States condemned the actions when they issued the following statement today, 

The United States strongly condemns the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in Ankara today, which reportedly also left others wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of Ambassador Karlov and the other victims, and we offer our condolences to the Russian people and Government. This heinous attack on a member of the diplomatic corps is unacceptable, and we stand united with Russia and Turkey in our determination to confront terrorism in all of its forms.
— Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov

President-elect Trump responded to the attacks by offering his condolences, “Today we offer our condolences to the family and loved ones of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, who was assassinated by a radical Islamic terrorist. The murder of an ambassador is a violation of all rules of civilized order and must be universally condemned.”

Pictured: Andrei Karlov (right) with Vladimir Putin

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