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Russian investigators arrive in Turkey to probe envoy murder

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lays flowers in front of a photo of Russian ambassador to Turkey, who was killed in Ankara, before talks with his Iranian counterpart in Moscow on December 20, 2016. A Turkish policeman crying "Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar" shot dead Russia's ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on December 19, prompting a vow from President Vladimir Putin to step up the fight against "terrorism." Andrei Karlov died of his wounds after the shooting in an Ankara exhibition centre, which came on the eve of a key meeting in Moscow between the Russian, Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers on the Syria conflict. / AFP PHOTO / MAXIM SHEMETOV

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lays flowers in front of a photo of Russian ambassador to Turkey, who was killed in Ankara, before talks with his Iranian counterpart in Moscow on December 20, 2016. A Turkish policeman crying “Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” shot dead Russia’s ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on December 19, prompting a vow from President Vladimir Putin to step up the fight against “terrorism.” Andrei Karlov died of his wounds after the shooting in an Ankara exhibition centre, which came on the eve of a key meeting in Moscow between the Russian, Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers on the Syria conflict. / AFP PHOTO / MAXIM SHEMETOV

Russian investigators on Tuesday arrived in Turkey to help probe the killing of the country’s ambassador in Ankara, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Our presidents agreed that in addition to the actions launched by the Turkish special services, a Russian investigative group would fly to Ankara,” Lavrov told Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu at the start of talks on Syria in Moscow.

“As far as I understand, it has landed in the Turkish capital.”

The same plane will bring ambassador Andrei Karlov’s body back to Russia, Lavrov added.

Cavusoglu told Lavrov that the Ankara street where the Russian embassy is located would be renamed in Karlov’s honour.

The two diplomats also laid flowers in front of a portrait of the slain envoy.

Karlov, 62, was gunned down Monday at the opening of a Russian photography exhibition in Ankara by a Turkish policeman crying “Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest), in what Moscow called a “terrorist act”.

Putin said that the Ankara murder was designed to undermine ties that have been patched up since a furious dispute over Ankara’s downing of a Russian jet in Syria in November 2015 and to sabotage efforts find a settlement on the conflict in the war-torn country.

Moscow and Ankara are on different sides of the conflict in Syria but the two countries have worked closely together to evacuate citizens from the battered city of Aleppo.

The foreign and defence ministers from Russia, Turkey and Iran are meeting Tuesday in Moscow for key talks on Syria.



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