Rabat - International reactions to the assassination of Andrey Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, on Monday are pouring in as the future of the Turko-Russian alliance in Syria hangs in the balance.
Rabat – International reactions to the assassination of Andrey Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, on Monday are pouring in as the future of the Turko-Russian alliance in Syria hangs in the balance.
The United Nations condemned the attack, which took place the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Turkish capital and left several bystanders injured.
“We condemn the gun attack on the Russian ambassador to Turkey. There can be no justification for an attack on a diplomat or an ambassador,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, speaking of the man who had officially connected Russia to the world since 1976. “We hope that the perpetrator will be brought to justice.”
The identity and motive of the shooter remain unclear, but the gunmen had urged onlookers not to forget atrocities in Syria or Aleppo during the attack.
The United States, traditionally one of Russia’s fiercest international rivals, especially in matters regarding the Syrian Civil War, also shunned the shooting.
“We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source,” said U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
The Daily Mail says the U.S.’ statement comes at the heels of a report by the U.S. Security Department that warned of an ongoing “security incident” outside the American Embassy in Ankara – which is located near the art gallery where the shooting occurred.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also condemned the “cowardly attack” that led to the ambassador’s “despicable murder,” according to Sky News. Similar statements from other countries are anticipated in the following hours.