Russian President Vladimir Putin promised revenge for the death of ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, who was shot and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday.
Putin said it was a despicable provocation aimed to derail Russia-Turkey ties and derailing Moscow’s attempts to find, with Iran and Turkey, a solution for the Syria crisis.
Putin, who said he personally knew the slain envoy, said he had agreed in a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Russian investigators would soon fly to Ankara to help the Turks with the investigation, according to AOL.
“We must know who directed the killer’s hand,” Putin told Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Sergei Naryshkin, the head of his SVR foreign intelligence service, and Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the domestic FSB security service.
Karlov was shot by a 22-year-old former Turkish law enforcement officer, who shouted “Allahu Akbar” and referenced the Syrian conflict.
Putin ordered security at Turkish diplomatic facilities in Russia to be stepped up and said he wanted guarantees from Turkey about the safety of Russian diplomatic facilities, Fox News reported.
“I also ask you to implement the agreed proposals on strengthening security at Russian diplomatic facilities abroad,” Putin told the meeting.