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Erdogan’s Chief Advisor Claims Killer of Russian Envoy Tied to Gulen Movement

© REUTERS / Charles MostollerUS based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
US based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania - Sputnik International
The assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was affiliated with the Gulen movement, chief advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and columnist Ilnur Cevik told Sputnik Monday.

Andrei Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, speaks at a photo exhibition in Ankara on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, moments before a gunman opened fire on him - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Karlov was killed by a gunman at an art gallery exhibition opening in Ankara. Three other people were also injured in the attack.

"Growing relations and intensive cooperation in all areas between Turkey and Russia has created anger in the West, especially in the United States and Germany. The latest example has been the joint efforts of the two countries to save the civilian people of Aleppo. It was inevitable that the West would try to sabotage these relations. It is sad that they used a policeman affiliated to Fethullah Gulen's terrorist organization to assassinate the ambassador. This organization was also behind the downing of the Russian fighter that hurt our relations," Cevik said.

Ankara has accused Gulen and his movement, outlawed in Turkey, of playing a key role in the July coup in the country. Gulen has denied the accusations.

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