Russian ambassador shot

The Russian ambassador to Turkey has been shot at a photographic exhibition in Ankara, reportedly by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, 22, a special forces Ankara police officer, who was heard to shout “Don’t forget about Aleppo, don’t forget about Syria!”

The exhibition was called exhibition called “Russia as seen by Turks”.

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The assassin was shot by other officers.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova:

“Terrorism will not pass! We will fight it resolutely. Memory of this outstanding Russian diplomat, a man who did so much to counter terrorism in his diplomatic line of work, Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, will remain in our hearts forever.”

This won’t help tensions in the Middle East, with both Turkey and Russia heavily involved in the Syrian war.

In November last year Turkey shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border.

So far at least negotiations about the future of Syria involving Russia, Iran and Turkey are reported to be still going ahead in Moscow on Tuesday (it’s still Monday in Europe).

It reminds me a bit of the shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand  in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. This contributed to the onset of World War 1.

 

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  1. David

     /  20th December 2016

    Except that Syria has been a bloodbath for 4 years and the war is just about over, the West doesnt want a bar of whats going on and just hope its over as quickly as possible.
    The people being bombed in Aleppo are Al Queda jihadist so no one is going to leap to their defence.

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  2. artcroft

     /  20th December 2016

    The problems will arise around whether this was a line gun man or a conspiracy. If Russia thinks more people we’re involved but Turkey drags its feet on investigating then things will get awkward.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  20th December 2016

    Another major terrorist attack in Berlin. Merkel’s misguided immigration proves again that no good turn goes unpunished.

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    • Brown

       /  20th December 2016

      We should not jump to conclusions just because the last few thousand terrorist attacks have had one thing in common.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  20th December 2016

      We all know that Germany has never committed terrorism or atrocities….oh, wait, it has, hasn’t it ?. 6,000,000 Jews murdered and who knows how many million others.

      Maybe this is karma.

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      • Blazer

         /  20th December 2016

        what are those figures based on…are they credible?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  21st December 2016

          Yes, they are credible and generally accepted. Just subtract the people remaining from those who were there before-and remember that the Germans recorded their deeds. If you know any Holocaust survivors, look at their number. The number tattooed on their arm shows how many were tattooed before them in that place; they were done in numerical order. It can’t, of course, show how many came after them..

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      • Pickled Possum

         /  20th December 2016

        Sort of like this Miss???
        “The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.”

        “It is unfortunate that in most cases when the sins of the father fall on the son it is because unlike God, people refuse to forgive and forget and heap past wrongs upon innocent generations.”

        Keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

        “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin.”

        That’s what I have to say about that statement of yours Miss
        “6,000,000 Jews murdered and who knows how many million others.
        Maybe this is karma.”

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  21st December 2016

        Italy has killed far more people than Germany, mostly via volcanoes and earthquakes. Germany has hardly killed anyone. I think you are talking about Germans, not Germany.

        If that’s the criteria there is a lot of overdue karma around but if it loses potency once the killers are dead then not so much. Me, I’d settle for trying to minimize further opportunities for utu which will merely add to the karma overhang.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  21st December 2016

          Natural disasters are not the same as genocide. Germans have killed many millions; it’s sophistry to say that Germany hasn’t. People say that England has won the World Cup, but it’s not the country and nobody would suppose it, The two are often used interchangeably. One says that country x is at war with country y.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  21st December 2016

          It was Germany’s national policy. I wouldn’t say that America did a mass murder in a church because one nutter did.

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  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  20th December 2016

    That snackbar remark is so old that it has a longer white beard than Father Christmas. Not to mention not being witty enough to justify constant repetition. It’s old and tired, put the poor old thing out of its misery.

    Did the killer of the Russian ambassador shout Allahu Akbar ?

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  5. Not a nice thing to say, under the circumstances …

    But you can forget about the white walls on that art gallery …

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