Russia Ambassador to Turkey  Andrey Karlov assassinated  during an exhibition in Ankara

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On Monday morning, Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was reportedly shot in Ankara, Turkey. Karlov was speaking at an art gallery in the Turkish capital when he was reportedly shot in the back, according to Al Jazeera. He was then transported to a hospital immediately following the attack, and is said to be “seriously wounded,” along with several other people in attendance. The identity and whereabouts of the shooter is currently unknown.

Russia Ambassador to Turkey  Andrey Karlov assassinated  during an exhibition in Ankara
Andrey Karlov

Karlov became the Russian ambassador to Turkey in 2013 and has served in various diplomatic positions in the Russian government for 40 years. From 1992 to 1997, he was Russia’s ambassador in South Korea.
The shooting took place a day before scheduled talks in Moscow between Turkey, Russia and Iran about Syria and the ongoing crisis in Aleppo. The meeting between these three key players in the refugee and humanitarian crisis was reportedly planned to foster discussion about how they wish to proceed in Syria given differences in opinion about the country’s leadership. Iran and Russia back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey (a NATO member) is opposed to his reign and want him to step down, and is reportedly most concerned about Kurdish militias along the Syria-Turkey border. It’s currently unclear whether Karlov would have been in attendance at the Moscow meeting or if the shooting was at all related to it.

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