In Ankara on Monday evening was killed by Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov. Attempt has occurred at a time when he was giving a speech at the opening of the photo exhibition "Russia through the eyes of the Turks." Immediately thereafter, the President of Turkey Rezhdep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to report the incident. According to the source "b" in Moscow and Ankara, the goal could be to terrorists to avenge Russia for its actions in Syria and began to disrupt the Russian-Turkish rapprochement. However, judging by the first statements made by officials of the two countries to achieve this was not possible - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu did not cancel his visit to Moscow, where he was due today to discuss the situation in Syria with Russian and Iranian counterparts. After the dramatic events in the agenda of the visit to Ankara the Turkish Minister will certainly be different.
"Do not forget about Aleppo!"
Andrew Charles was fatally shot about 19:25 Ankara time on (the same as Moscow). After an emergency was sent to the hospital, but it was too late - at 20:05 diplomat died. According to Turkish security forces carried out the attack 22-year-old Mevlüt Mert Altyntash. He freely admitted to the Center for Contemporary Art in Ankara, which hosted a photo exhibition: a young man in a suit with a tie took over the guard. He filed a police license, which is retained after the dismissal of law enforcement agencies on suspicion of involvement in the coup attempt of July 15th. Police Mevlut Mert Altyntash had to serve two years.
Witnesses say the killer armed with a gun shouting slogans like "Do not forget about Aleppo!", "Do not forget about Syria," "As long as our brothers are not safe, you also will not be safe" and "Allahu akbar!". In addition to the Russian ambassador was wounded three others, their life is now out of danger. Sam criminal was shot dead by police.
Check the Turkish authorities, with some extremist groups could be linked terrorist attack performer. The fact that such a connection is available, a little doubt: on Mevlut Murtagh Altyntasha Facebook page posted a video in which the radical Islamic preacher from Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen urged all Muslim countries to immediately break off relations with Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov learned of the assassination of the ambassador (then there was no information about his death) on New Year's reception, which suited the Foreign Ministry in honor of the Russian media in the Foreign Ministry mansion on Spiridonovka Street in Moscow. Mr. Lavrov immediately left the event. According to "Kommersant", the minister went to his office on Smolensk Square, where urgently contacted his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The terrorist attack in Ankara called virtually unanimous condemnation worldwide. US Secretary of State John Kerry has offered to Russian and Turkish authorities in the investigation of "dastardly attack, which also was an attack on the right of all diplomats safely represent their state in the world." "Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones today (deceased posla.-" b "), with the Russian people and other victims of the attack, who were injured," - said the head of US diplomacy.
"I was deeply shocked to learn about the unthinkable attack on Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara. The European Union strongly condemns the attack on your country's representative in Turkey. We would like to express our solidarity with Russia in the face of this criminal act, "- said in a letter to the head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
"Cowardly attack" called the terrorist attack in Ankara, Foreign Minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson. "Shocked cowardly murder" - he wrote on Twitter.
"Waszczykowski Minister (FM Polshi.-" b ") condemns the murder of the Russian ambassador in Turkey and sends its condolences to the family and to the Russian people. So shameful acts have no excuses, "- said in a statement in the official microblog of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter.
The dual goal of terrorists
Attempt on Andrew Charles may pursue a dual purpose. On the one hand, with the help of so audacious a demonstrative action to punish Moscow for its intervention in the Syrian conflict on the side of Bashar al-Assad, whose Sunni radicals consider it their worst enemy. In this sense, it is easy to explain why the terrorist shouted "Allah Akbar" - the attack on the Russian ambassador was for the organizers of the assassination operation in the framework of a religious war - global jihad.
On the other hand, it can hardly be a coincidence that the attack happened in Turkey. The rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow was a decisive factor in the changes that have taken place at the front of the Syrian war in recent months. That agreement the presidents of Russia and Turkey (not always advertised) determined the fate of Aleppo, where the anti-government opposition suffered the most serious defeat in four years of conflict.
Sunni radicals in Syria and the Gulf countries (and not excluded that in Turkey) this development is clearly not happy about it. It is possible that the demonstrative attack on the ambassador had to disrupt the normalization of Turkish-Russian relations as a whole, and in particular - the visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to Moscow, where he now has to discuss with his Russian and Iranian counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Javad Zarif fate Syria.
Tourists are asked not to leave the place of residence
According to preliminary estimates, Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR), Turkey may now be about 10 thousand. Russian tourists. It is a country - one of the most popular mass tourist destinations among Russians. In the first nine months of this year, according ATOR, the country was visited by 545 thousand. Organized travelers from Russia. Although actually in force until the end of the summer moratorium on the sale of package tours, the Turkish direction this year was the fourth most popular.
"Most of the tourists are in resort areas, alarm calls there have been reported yet, wishing to urgently go back there," - said the executive director ATOR Maya Lomidze. According to her, further developments will depend on the outcome of the meeting, to be held in the Russian Foreign Ministry. "The situation is unprecedented, similar incidents in tourist countries has not yet been" - added Ms. Lomidze.
"Rosturizm asks Russian tourists in the territory of Turkey, to avoid crowded places, without the need to not leave the place of residence", - said the agency.
What is known Andrei Karlov
December 19 in Ankara, an attempt was made on Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov. Details of his biography - in "Kommersant" Help.
Charles Andrey was born February 4, 1954 in Moscow. In 1976 he graduated from MGIMO in 1992 godu- MFA Diplomatic Academy.
On the diplomatic service since 1976. He worked in various positions in the central office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in missions abroad. In particular, in 1976-1981 and 1984-1990, he worked at the Soviet Embassy in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in 1992-1997 - at the Russian Embassy in South Korea.
In 2001-2006 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian ambassador to the DPRK.
From 2007 to 2013 he was deputy director and then director of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
On July 12, 2013 - Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Turkey. In recent months, actively participated in the negotiations on the normalization of relations between Russia and Turkey.
Loud attempt to ambassadors and diplomats
January 19, was shot in Turkey, Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov. On the other high-profile attempts at diplomatic personnel - in the "Y" collection.
January 30, 1829 under attack Russian mission in Tehran. The crowd broke into the embassy building and killed all its employees, including the Envoy Extraordinary poet Alexander Griboyedov. The reason for the pogrom was the conclusion Turkmenchay peace treaty, under which Russia withdrew Nakhichevan and Erivan khanate.
July 6, 1918 in Moscow at the Embassy in Germany, the Left SRs Jacob Bliumkin and Nikolai Andreyev was killed Ambassador Empire Wilhelm von Mirbach. SRs, show proof of Cheka officers entered the building and demanded an urgent meeting with the ambassador. He came to the meeting in the large living room, and then Blyumkin opened fire with a revolver and threw the bomb Andreev.
June 7, 1927 in Warsaw at the station was killed by the plenipotentiary of the USSR in Poland Voikov Peter, who was involved in the shooting of the royal Romanov family. He was shot by an activist of the Russian white emigration Boris Koverda.
July 21, 1976 in Dublin as a result of landmine blasts killed British ambassador Christopher Ewart-Biggs. The terrorist act committed members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
February 14, 1979 US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs was kidnapped by four members of the group "Away-e Melli" ( "National oppression"). According to eyewitnesses, the kidnappers were dressed in police form. In the course of the operation to free the ambassador he was seriously injured and later died.
March 22, 1979 at his residence in The Hague, was shot dead the British Ambassador in the Netherlands, Sir Richard Sykes. During the investigation it was found that the fatal injuries inflicted IRA members.
June 3, 2006 Third Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Baghdad were kidnapped Fyodor Zaitsev, Rinat embassy staff Agliulin, Anatoly Smirnov and Oleg Fedoseyev. During the capture he was killed by a security guard Vitaly Titov Embassy. Claimed by the group "The Council of the Mujahideen of Iraq" - one of the cells, "al-Qaeda". A few weeks later it became known that they had been killed. Remains diplomats are only found in 2012.
June 23, 2007 near the capital Bujumbura, Burundi soldiers was killed by a Russian diplomat Vladimir Rashitko. According to the authorities, he passed several checkpoints on the car did not stop, and as a result at the next check point on the car barrage was opened. The country's authorities have brought a formal apology for the incident.
September 11, 2012 in an attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, was killed by US Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Responsibility for the attack has taken the banned terrorist group "Al Qaeda." Shortly before the attack, he was released the film "Innocence of Muslims", which caused mass protests of the Muslim population. In addition, the leader of "Al-Qaeda" called for revenge for the murder of the head of the cell in Libya.
September 9, 2013 in Sukhum were shot first secretary of the Russian embassy in Abkhazia Dmitry Vishernev and his wife, Olga. A few days later the suspect Chechen Yusup Lakaev was arrested in Georgia and subsequently sentenced to 12 years. According to some reports, the order came from a diplomat at the North Caucasian armed underground.