Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Russia's Vow after Killing of Ambassador

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Russia's Vow after Killing of Ambassador

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RUSSIAN officials investigating the assassination of their ambassador to Turkey have vowed the killing would not disrupt efforts to repair the two countries' relationship.

Inquiries are focusing on whether the man who shot Andrei Karlov at a photo exhibition in the Turkish capital Ankara was a "lone wolf" gunman, or part of a wider conspiracy.

In a separate attack, a man with a shotgun was detained after he fired into the air outside the US Embassy in Ankara. No-one was hurt in that incident.

Ankara and Moscow back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war.

Mr Karlov was shot dead on Monday by a Turkish policeman who shouted slogans about Aleppo, the Syrian city where Russian bombardments have targeted rebel factions.

The gunman, identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas, was killed in a shoot-out with police.

Authorities identified him as a 22-year-old member of Ankara's riot police squad.

Yesterday, the foreign ministers of Russia and Turkey attended a scheduled meeting in Moscow. …

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