While giving a speech at an art gallery in Ankara, Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot and killed by Mevlut Altinas, a 22 year old former member of the Turkish Riot Police. who had been stationed in Ankara for two years. Altinas was killed in the shootout that ensued. Nations all over the world released statements of solidarity soon after, with many denouncing the actions of Altinas, deeming him a coward.
Karlov, a former ambassador to North Korea, was appointed as the Russian ambassador to Turkey in 2013. His goal was ease the divide between the two countries caused by Russia’s actions during the Ukrainian crisis in 2013, which were then exacerbated following Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.
Relations between Russia and Turkey have recently been improving, and Altinas may have intended to disrupt the ties that were forming between the two nations. However, it is speculated that the assassination, deemed a terrorist attack by Vladimir Putin, will only serve to expedite the improving relations between the two countries. Both countries have agreed to not let the killing be a deterrent to improving relations, and recently created a joint agreement to investigate the killing.