Published: Sat, December 24, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Putin postpones annual press conference for slain Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov's funeral

Putin postpones annual press conference for slain Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov's funeral

The Turkish government has pointed the finger of blame for the killing at exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu telling the United States that his group was "behind the attack".

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, told Reuters that Russian Federation considers the attack a "terrorist act", noting that "terrorism will not win and we will fight against it decisively".

Turkey's ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot dead at an art gallery in Ankara by a gunman on Monday. He joined the diplomatic service in 1976, served as Russia's ambassador to Pyongyang in 2001-2006, and later worked as the chief of the foreign ministry's consular department. "It had been tasked with the mission of forming a working group, which will have to fly to Ankara to join its Turkish colleagues in jointly investigating this murder".

Investigators from Russian Federation have traveled to Turkey to investigate the incident.

Russian Federation is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and its air strikes were instrumental in helping Syrian forces end rebel resistance last week in the northern city of Aleppo.

However, Gulen himself has condemned the assassination of ambassador Karlov and had denied any involvement in the July 15 coup.

Today's funeral for the fallen ambassador was in two parts, starting with an open-casket ceremony in Russia's foreign ministry building in Moscow, where Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave a speech hailing Karlov as having "died at his post".

However, Mr Peskov said the murder of ambassador Karlov had been damaging for the Ankara government. The police officer is said to have shouted, "Don't forget Aleppo" after he shot Karlov.

Erdogan told reporters that intelligence agencies in Turkey were probing Atlintas' possible foreign links saying that there were "certain clues" which suggested that he had overseas connections.

Zuma also said South Africa will strengthen its resolve to fight terrorism. "A crime has been committed and it was without doubt a provocation aimed at spoiling the normalisation of Russo-Turkish relations and spoiling the Syrian peace process which is being actively pushed by Russia, Turkey, Iran and others", said a stern-faced Putin.

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