Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Ankara is intended to spoil the ties between Russia and Turkey.
Putin said the murder of Andrey Karlov in the Turkish capital was also intended to derail Moscow’s attempts to find, with Iran and Turkey, a solution for the crisis in Syria, the Independent said Monday.
He said the Russian investigators opened a criminal case in the murder.
In televised comments, Putin, speaking at a special meeting in the Kremlin, ordered security in Russian embassies around the world to be stepped up and said he wanted to know who had “directed” the shooter’s hand.
He praised the murdered Russian ambassador, who was shot dead during a speech at an art gallery in Ankara, and said that Moscow’s response to his assassination would be robust. “A crime was committed and it was undoubtedly a provocation to spoil the normalization of Russian-Turkish relations and spoil the Syrian peace process that is actively pushed by Russia, Turkey, Iran and others “Said a severe Putin.
Putin, who said he personally knew the killed envoy, said he had accepted in a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the Russian investigators would soon fly to Ankara to help the Turks to the investigation.
“We must know who directed the killer’s hand,” Putin told Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Sergei Naryshkin, head of his foreign intelligence service SVR, and Alexander Bortnikov, head of the domestic security service of the FSB.
Putin ordered security in Turkish diplomatic facilities in Russia to be strengthened and said he wanted Turkey’s guarantees on the security of Russian diplomatic facilities. “I also ask you to implement the agreed proposals on strengthening security in Russian diplomatic facilities abroad,” Putin said at the meeting.