Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov has faced an assasination attempt in Ankara.
The Russian state-run news agency ‘Tass’ reported few moments ago:
An armed man has burst into the Contemporary Art Gallery in Ankara, where a ceremony to unveil the photography exhibition Russia through the Eyes of Turks was in progress, eye witnesses have told Tass, saying the incident occurred when Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov was addressing the audience.
They say gun shots could be heard and the man cried out “Get away from here”.
Russian ambassador in Turkey has come under attack, Turkish diplomatic source said.
Karlov in a critical state was rushed to a hospital.
UPD: Karlov died in the hospital. Russia describes his assasination as a terrorist act.
Video of the attack:
According to Turkish NTV broadcaster, 3 other people were also injured in the assasination attempt. Other sources say that 2 more people were injured.
Media reports also say say police are engaged in a shootout with the assailant. UPD: The gunman was eliminated
Earlier in December, Anakara faced a series of anti-Russian protests organized by supporters of terrorist groups operating in Syria. Some experts link today’s assasination attempt with these developments.
Another important moment was that Karlov was shot amid reports that Turkey, Iran and Russia will discuss the Syrian crisis in Moscow on December 20.
“On December 20, 2016, Moscow will host a meeting of the defense and foreign ministers of the Russian Federation, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Turkey dedicated to the Syrian settlement and aimed at facilitating the implementation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service reported on Monday.
Most likely, the assasination attempt against the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was a provocation aimed to disrupt the announced meeting. The move was sponsored by some powers that are not interested in a cooperation between Moscow, Tehran and Anakra over the settlement in Syria.