Maria Zakharova, a spokesman for the Russian foreign Ministry:
“Today is a tragic day in the history of Russian diplomacy. Today in Ankara at a public event received a wound which resulted in the death of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov. We qualify the incident as a terrorist act, are in contact with Turkish officials, which received assurances that there will be a thorough comprehensive investigation” (TASS).
Orkhan Hazihil, Counsellor for press Affairs of the Embassy of Turkey in Russia:
“Inhuman tragedy happened today with our highly respected colleague Andrew Charles. The tragedy happened in a period of close cooperation between our countries. I grieve with all my heart. My deepest condolences to the Russian people. This is our common pain and loss” (Facebook).
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General:
“I condemn the murder of the Ambassador of Russia in Turkey. My condolences to his family and the Russian people. There is no justification for that disgusting act.”
Samantha Power, the U.S. permanent representative to the UN:
“We strongly condemn the barbaric attack on the Russian Ambassador in Turkey Andrey Karlov and a few others. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families” (Twitter).
Frants Klintsevich, the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security:
“I have no doubt that the shooter’s hand moved radical Islamists, and no matter of the “Islamic state” or “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra” (both organizations are banned in Russia. — ). Clear and goal — revenge our country for Syria, and at the same time attempt to pit Russia and Turkey” (“RIA Novosti”).
Paolo Gentiloni, the Prime Minister of Italy:
“We Express our closeness and solidarity of the Russian Federation in connection with the horrible murder of Charles Ambassador in Ankara” (Twitter).
Federica Mogherini, head of EU diplomacy:
“I was deeply shocked to learn of the unfathomable attack on Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara today. Our deepest condolences to his family, his colleagues and the Russian authorities. The European Union condemns in the strongest terms this attack against the representative of your country in Turkey. We would like to Express our solidarity with Russia in the face of this criminal act of violence” (TASS).
Leonid Slutsky, head of the international Committee of the state Duma:
“Of course, is a tragedy. We Express our sincere condolences to the family. We hope for an objective investigation into the death of the Russian Ambassador. This is a provocation, intended to raise Ankara and Moscow” (“RIA Novosti”).
Sergey Sobyanin, mayor of Moscow:
“The murder of our Ambassador during a speech at the exhibition in Ankara was shocked. My condolences to the family of Andrew Charles” (Twitter).
Boris Johnson, British foreign Secretary:
“Shocked by the dastardly murder of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey. Think about his family. I condemn this cowardly attack” (Twitter).
Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the international Affairs Committee of the Federation Council:
“Turkey is certainly one of the most important partner. It is clear that now will have to deal with what happened. This can be a planned terrorist action, which are extremists. Maybe act crazy maniac single. You can then understand how this tragedy will affect Russian-Turkish relations” (“RIA Novosti”).
Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya:
“This dastardly murder which should be severely punished everyone who had direct or indirect relationship. The incident once again illustrates that terrorism must fight the whole world needs to fight all countries and intelligence services. Otherwise, a plague is spreading around the world. Only medication and exhortations not to eradicate it” (Instagram).
Mikhail Fedotov, head of the Council on human rights under the President of Russia:
“The presidential Council on human rights is deeply outraged by the terrorist act, the victims of which became the Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov. The attempt on the life of Ambassador — a flagrant violation of not only international law, but the very basis of communication between peoples, humanity for millennia history”.
Irina Yarovaya, the Deputy speaker of the state Duma:
“Initial information received from the media, shows that a terrorist act was the Andrei Karlov. This fact should be prosecuted by the investigative authorities of Russia and carried out all activities for the establishment of the organizers, collaborators and funding sources of this heinous crime. It is a question not only of criminal law, it is a question of sovereign interests and the security of our country” (TASS).
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