Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the attack on the Ambassador is actually an attack on the country. He told about it in interview to TV channel “MIR”.
He also added that the news of the murder in Turkey of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov became President Vladimir Putin’s emotionally very difficult news. The President described the attack as a terrorist attack, said the representative of the Kremlin.
“Vladimir Putin strongly condemned the incident a provocation. Describing this as a terrorist attack, as the human tragedy, so for the President it was emotionally very difficult news. The attack on the Ambassador — in fact, the attack on the country,” he said (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
Ambassador Andrei Karlov was killed in Ankara during the opening of the exhibition on 19 December. A former police officer mevlüt Altıntaş shot the Ambassador in the back. Charles died of his wounds in the hospital. Security officers neutralized the shooter on the spot. The body of the Ambassador was delivered by a special flight to Moscow on December 20 on Tuesday. He will be buried on Thursday. The funeral service will be held in the Christ the Savior Cathedral Patriarch Kirill.
President Vladimir Putin in connection with mourning events moved its annual press conference on December 23. He also posthumously awarded the Charles the title of hero of Russia for the “steadfastness and courage in the post of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Turkey” and “a great contribution to the implementation of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation”.
On December 21 in Turkey for the murder of Charles was arrested 13 persons. Among them relatives of the attacker: father, mother, younger sister, two uncles and an aunt. Responsibility for attack was assumed coalition for Syrian militants “Jaish al-Fath”.