Andrei Karlov being gunned down by the man behind him.

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Russian Ambassador Gunned Down

ISTANBUL — A lone gunman shot and killed Russian Andrey G. Karlov. This occurred days after Turkish protesters criticized Russia’s support for Syrian President Assad’s government, The Ambassador to Turkey was gunned down from behind, while speaking at an art gallery. The assassin, a 22-year-old off-duty Turkish police officer, yelled “Don’t forget Aleppo”, Don’t forget Syria!” and “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Greater”).

The leaders of Russia and Turkey quickly labeled the murder a provocative terrorist attack.The two countries had been at odds since last year, when Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet over Syria. This security failure will surely test their improving relationship.

The gunman continued shooting and wounded three others in the Ankara art exhibit assault. Frightened people hid and sought cover in nearby rooms. During the ensuing shootout, the assailant was shot and killed by other officers,

Presidents Vow Complete Justice

Russian air strikes have helped the Syrian government quash rebel resistance in the city of Aleppo. Conversely, Turkey opposes Assad. However, during a phone conversation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Putin, they agreed to cooperate in the investigation. Furthermore, the two leaders committed themselves to the effort to oppose terrorism, overall. 

Few believe the gunman, wearing a dark suit and tie, acted alone. Russian President Vladimir V. Putin stated on television that Andrey Karlov was “despicably killed.” He speculated the goal was to undermine ties between Russia and Turkey. Russian authorities quickly pronounced, “We must know who directed the killer’s hand.”

Instead of weakening the relationship between the two countries, this incident could bring them closer together. They now have a common cause in the fight against terrorism.

A scheduled meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Russian and Iranian counterparts, to discuss Syria will take place, in Russia on Tuesday.

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