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Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

19 December, 2016

On December 19, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead in a terrorist attack in Ankara.

We condemn this heinous crime that was committed to undermine our collective efforts towards an early political settlement in Syria and the ongoing normalisation of Russian-Turkish relations.

We expect the Turkish authorities to closely cooperate with the relevant Russian agencies to investigate the circumstances of this barbaric crime, to identify and apprehend its organisers and to take effective measures to protect the safety of Russian citizens, Russian offices abroad and their personnel. For our part, we will act in conjunction with the Turkish law enforcement agencies to bring the culprits to justice.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses deep condolences to the family and friends of Andrei Karlov, an outstanding Russian diplomat. His memory will always remain in the hearts of his colleagues and all those who knew him.

This tragedy is an indication that we must redouble our efforts in an uncompromising struggle against all forms of terrorism.