Russia to step up anti terror campaign amid ambassador’s death
Russia is to step up its anti terror campaign in Syria following the death of its ambassador to Ankara.
President Putin has said that the “only response” to the death of the ambassador is “stepping up the fight against terrorism.”
Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov was assassinated, Monday at an art gallery exhibition in the capital, Ankara.
The gunman screamed “Allahu Akbar! Don’t forget Aleppo,” according to the BBC. Mevlut Mert Aydintas, 22, has been identified as the assailant, a member of the Ankara riot police.
It is unclear if the gunman has connections to any terror group.
Putin has also ordered that security for its missions abroad be beefed up. He had earlier described the death as an act of provocation:
“The murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalisation of Russian-Turkish relations, as well as undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in settling the conflict in Syria.”
Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also said the attack was aimed at hurting ties with the Russian Federation.
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the murder. The out-going Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, described it as a “senseless act of terror.”
The US, UK and the German governments have all condemned the attack.
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