Putin calls Russian ambassador killing a 'provocation' aimed at sabotaging ties with Turkey

Vladimir Putin tonight condemned the killing of the Russian ambassador as a ‘provocation’ aimed at sabotaging ties between Moscow and Ankara.

The Russian president said the death of Andrei Karlov, 62, was designed to ‘disrupt the peace process in Syria’ as he vowed to ‘step up the fight against terrorism’.

He ordered security at Russian embassies around the world to be stepped up and said he wanted to know who had ‘directed’ the gunman’s hand. 

Russian investigators will be sent to Ankara to investigate the killing, he said at the meeting tonight. Moscow has branded the killing as a ‘terrorist act’.

Response: Vladimir Putin, pictured at a meeting tonight, condemned the killing of the Russian ambassador as a ‘provocation’ aimed at sabotaging ties between Moscow and Ankara

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, pictured tonight, said both he and Putin…

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