Shooting in the gallery
The evening of December 19 in Ankara was killed by Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov. About the attack on the diplomat about 19 hours in Moscow reported Turkish television within hours this information was confirmed by the Russian foreign Ministry. It is reported that Charles died in the hospital shortly after it was delivered.
According to Turkish publication Hurriyet, the attack on the Ambassador happened at the time when he gave a speech at the Center for contemporary art in Ankara — Charles participated in the opening of the photo exhibition “Russia through the eyes of a traveler: from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka”, which the Russian Embassy organized together with the municipal government of Ankara.
Judging by the published video of the incident and according to eyewitnesses, the gunmen attacked the Ambassador with the words “You shoot defenseless people. In the name of Allah!”. Other witnesses said that the assailant shouted: “We are dying in Aleppo, you die here!” It is reported that injured three people, but their names are not called.
The Minister of internal Affairs of Turkey, Suleyman Soylu said that the attempt on the Ambassador made employee of special forces of the police mevlüt MERT Altıntaş born in 1994.
Earlier, Turkish media reported, in the time of the attack Altıntaş was “not at execution”: he was suspended from duty on suspicion of involvement in a military coup this summer. The Turkish government also claimed that the pilots who shot down Russian su-24 fighter aircraft also took part in the rebellion. In Centre for contemporary art Altıntaş snuck supposedly a fake ID.
As explained by Anatoly Adamishin, former Ambassador of the USSR and of Russia in Italy and the former Minister for CIS Affairs, the full blame for the attack on the Ambassador lies on the Turkish side: “the Inability to protect the messenger goes against the Vienna Convention.” However, stresses Adamishin, in addition to foreign protection, for the safety of the Ambassador and meet Russian specialists from the Embassy: and if a guard (usually the role was played by the commandant of the Soviet Embassy) were provided on request, from the 1990-ies increasingly, they are working on a permanent basis.
A career diplomat
Andrew Charles was born in 1954. The Ministry of foreign Affairs worked since 1976, almost all the time — in the Central office. In 2001-2007 was the Russian Ambassador to the DPRK from 2007 to 2013 he worked in Moscow and served as Deputy Director of the consular Department of the foreign Ministry, since 2009 headed the Department. In 2013 President Vladimir Putin has appointed Charles Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia in Turkey.
“Ruin your relationship”
President Vladimir Putin on Monday did not comment. He was informed about the incident, the President planned to hear the report of the head of the foreign Ministry and heads of special services, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov TASS.
The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova called the incident a terrorist act. “Crime should be investigated, perpetrators must be punished”, — said Zakharov.
The mayor of Ankara Ibrahim gökçek called the incident an attempt to “destroy Turkish-Russian relations”. For its part, Moscow views the murder of the Ambassador as a terrorist act, said Zakharov. According to her, Russia is planning to submit the question of the attack on a UN security Council meeting. One of the first, according to Zakharova, the condolences expressed by the foreign Minister of the EU Federica Mogherini. “We condemn the armed attack on the Russian Ambassador in Turkey. Can’t be justify the attack on a diplomat or Ambassador,” said the official representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dyuzharrik. Press Secretary of the state Department of the USA John Kirby also condemned “this act of violence, whoever its source.”
“To spoil relations between Moscow and Ankara will not succeed,” — responded the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky. “The attack could be a provocation aimed at sabotaging the restoration of bilateral relations between Russia and Turkey. If so, I’d like to hope that customers of this barbaric crime will not achieve the desired and a new round of cooling in the Russian-Turkish relations will not,” said he TASS.
The murder of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey took place on the eve of the visit of the Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Moscow to participate in a trilateral meeting with counterparts from Russia and Iran on the Syrian issue. According to Turkish television on Monday evening Cavusoglu has arrived in Moscow and is preparing to make an official statement. The Agency “Interfax” referring to Leonid Slutsky said that is scheduled for Tuesday trilateral negotiations will not be cancelled.
The development of Russian-Turkish relations depends on the actions of the Turkish side, how prompt will be the reaction, says the Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on foreign and defense policy Fyodor Lukyanov. He recalled that over the entire Syrian crisis Russia and Turkey was the opposite, and some of their convergence emerged only recently. It is difficult to assume that this act somehow could be stimulated by the authorities; if the incident was the result of negligence, it is a chance for Russia to demand tough to restore order, but not to break off relations with Turkey, which has become even more important in this scenario, says Lukyanov. The murder of the Ambassador expert calls unprecedented. In 1927 he was killed by Peter Voikov, the Soviet Ambassador in Poland.
“I don’t think Moscow will provoke a conflict, today the dialogue between Russia and Turkey is developing quite actively, Erdogan is murder unprofitable, there is no doubt that it was directed against Russia and against Turkey, because Turkey is now unprofitable aggravation of relations with Russia”, — said the Arabist Leonid Isaev.
What happened — in the interests of those who want to break the fragile process of Russian-Turkish rapprochement, while circumstances look so that the attack made a loner who could be radicalized media reports in which the situation in Syria and Aleppo were given biased and the main blame for the humanitarian crisis has placed on Russia, says the program Director of the international discussion club “Valdai” by Andrey sushentsov. The expert notes that now the Turkish authorities do not behave so defiantly aggressive, as last year, when the Turkish air force shot down a Russian military aircraft that provoked a crisis in relations, to overcome which was only in August of this year.
“We need to urgently strengthen security measures for the Russian diplomats abroad, as well as to warn tourists. Especially in those countries where there are destructive forces that support terrorism,” said a member of the international Committee of the state Duma Sergei Zheleznyak.