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Russian Ambassador Shot

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LouiseBrooks Mon 19-Dec-16 16:42:26

The Russian Ambassador to Turkey has been shot whilst visiting an art exhibition. Not sure how bad it is but doesn't sound good.

One report suggests the attacker referred to Aleppo but that's not been verified yet.

heartskey Mon 19-Dec-16 17:04:06

Just when relations between the two countries were beginning to thaw. Poor man.

TheoriginalLEM Mon 19-Dec-16 17:06:21

Fuck sad

PigletWasPoohsFriend Mon 19-Dec-16 17:07:06

Just seen Reuters tweet about it sad

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Mon 19-Dec-16 17:10:33

RIA does't mention Aleppo, the ambassador is in a serious condition, there are other casualties, the shooter has been killed.

AyeAye Mon 19-Dec-16 17:13:17

And so it begins.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Mon 19-Dec-16 17:14:27

He died.

Oh dear.

heartskey Mon 19-Dec-16 17:14:46

He's died.

BingBongBingBong Mon 19-Dec-16 17:15:25

He is dead. Fuck.

Manumission Mon 19-Dec-16 17:15:26


heartskey Mon 19-Dec-16 17:16:19

Putins holding emergency talks.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Mon 19-Dec-16 17:16:25

He's been ambassador to North Korea for years, been to Turkey for three.

heartskey Mon 19-Dec-16 17:19:32

This was probably a lone gunman. I don't think the Turkish government would have been involved. The gunman has been shot dead.

Manumission Mon 19-Dec-16 17:23:08

After the recent "coup" situation heart, I'm not sure anyone can assume anything about who is behind what in Turkey.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Mon 19-Dec-16 17:26:32

Ria are still saying he's in hospital according to the Russian Foreign Office.
They had ticker saying he's died, but have removed it now.

megletthesecond Mon 19-Dec-16 17:28:00

Fuck sad .

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Mon 19-Dec-16 17:28:36

And now the Russian Foreign Office confirms he's died.

MrTumblesbitch Mon 19-Dec-16 17:29:19

Can someone explain to me the ramifications of this? I know it's bad, but I am ashamed to admit I don't understand the wider political implications blush

Manumission Mon 19-Dec-16 17:31:57

Basically, it will kick off to some degree. Putin won't take a serious loss at Muslim hands calmly.

See also Chechnya.

Marcipex Mon 19-Dec-16 17:32:30

Oh fuck.

MrTumblesbitch Mon 19-Dec-16 17:32:55

Thanks Manumisson - I'm off to Google a bit more!

Manumission Mon 19-Dec-16 17:34:11

Part of the problem is that nobody knows quite what the reaction is likely to be, though.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Mon 19-Dec-16 17:35:18

It will kick off in Aleppo, sadly.

Manumission Mon 19-Dec-16 17:41:36

I still don't quite understand how the pressure on Russianto agree a ceasefire in Aleppo was successful (although I'm very glad it was).

NotDavidTennant Mon 19-Dec-16 17:42:44

We need to get a bit of perspective here.

The Turkish state will not have sanctioned the assassination of a Russian state official. This will have been the work of an Islamic extremist, most likely linked to IS or one of the other Syrian jihadist groups.

Relations between Russia and Turkey haven't been great, but Putin and Erdogan have been making an effort to smooth things over of late. It's unlikely they will want to jeopardise that. As long as there is no hint of Turkish state complicity and Erdogan is able to make a decent show of publicly cracking down on whichever group is behind this, then my guess is that it will blow over.

Sympathies to the ambassador and his loved ones.

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