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Ankara ceremony commemorates slain Russian envoy

Ceremony marks 3rd anniversary of death of Andrei Karlov, assassinated by FETO-linked terrorist in Turkish capital

Tugrul Cam   | 19.12.2019
Ankara ceremony commemorates slain Russian envoy

ANKARA

A ceremony in Ankara on Thursday commemorated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s former ambassador to Turkey, over his 2016 assassination in Turkey’s capital.

Commemoration ceremony of Andrei Karlov in Ankara

ANKARA, TURKEY - DECEMBER 19: Russian ambassador to Turkey, Aleksey Yerhov makes a speech as he attends a commemoration ceremony held for assassinated Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, at Russian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey on December 19, 2019. ( Binnur Ege Gürün - Anadolu Agency )

Russian Ambassador to Ankara Aleksey Yerhov, Yonet Can, an official from the Turkish Foreign Ministry, and Murat Baybatur, the head of friendship group between Turkish and Russian parliaments, were in attendance of the ceremony at the Russian Embassy.

On Dec. 19, 2016, Andrei Karlov was killed while addressing the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara by Mevlut Mert Altintas, an off-duty police officer linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the deadly defeated coup attempt of 2016 in Turkey. The assailant was shot dead in a standoff.

Speaking at the ceremony, Yerhov expressed Russia’s suffering over the death of Karlov and said they would continue to work to keep his memory alive.

The relations between Turkey and Russia need to move forward with further joint activities, the ambassador said.

Also addressing the ceremony was Tezel who said the perpetrators of the treacherous attack aimed to harm the Turkish-Russian relations, but it has been the opposite. 

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