19 December 2021
On Dec 19, 2016, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to the Republic of Turkey Andrey Karlov was killed in a heinous and treacherous terrorist attack. He was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation posthumously.
Five years ago, a true professional and patriot of the Fatherland met his untimely death.
We appreciate that the Turkish justice agencies strongly condemned the barbaric act of aggression whose innocent victim was the prominent Russian diplomat. Together with our Turkish colleagues, we held a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this crime.
The consistent development of bilateral dialogue with Ankara, including in some key areas, suggests that the main intention of the organizers of this crime – to undermine the normalization of bilateral relations at that time as well as collective efforts to stabilize the situation and launch a political settlement in Syria – has completely failed.
This incident provided an impetus to strengthening the security of Russian citizens and missions abroad and redoubling our efforts against terrorism.
We cherish the memory of Andrey Karlov, who was killed in the line of duty and who tirelessly protected the interests of our Motherland.
Embassy of Russian Federation in South Africa
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