Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Russian Ambassador killed in Turkey

Russian Ambassador in Turkey was shot to be dead.

The shooter was a 22-year-old off-duty police. He was killed by guardians immediately after finishing the crime.

The New York Times: Russian Ambassador to Turkey Is Assassinated in Ankara

The Guardian: Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara art gallery

Soon after the incident, Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, made a conversation via telephone. They agreed with the idea that this incident was threatening the friendship between the two nations. Putin called the shooter a terrorist and requested the background of this shooting.

The background of this shooting is still unknown. It is reported that the shooters shouted something about Aleppo. It seems the shooter was opposing to Russian policy aiding Assad administration in Syria. However, it is also possible the shooter did not belong to a certain political association but a lone wolf.

This incident may suggest the weakness in the security of Turkish government. But, it is difficult to examine every member of officials anytime. Rather, it is relieving that the leaders of Russia and Turkey are connected with the hotline. Otherwise, this incident might be a trigger of a war, considering recent conflict of the both nations.


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