MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Karlov was shot by a gunman at an art gallery exhibition opening in Ankara late on Monday. Three other people were also injured in the attack. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the incident an act of terrorism.
"Both Russia and Turkey know well that the main purpose of the assailants was to harm Russian-Turkish relations and compromise the progress that we have achieved jointly in recent times," Cavusoglu said.
Speaking at the Russian Foreign Ministry ahead of bilateral talks, the Turkish diplomat urged Moscow and Ankara to "not allow the organizers of this crime to achieve its goal."
The street of the Russian Embassy in Ankara will be named after Ambassador Karlov. pic.twitter.com/mT90m5MEG7— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) 20 декабря 2016 г.
"I want you to know that Turkey and the Turkish people mourn [Karlov's death], same as Russia and the Russian people are grieving," Cavusoglu added.
"We intend to continue our joint work both on what is related to the political settlement in Syria, as well as to what is related to development of our bilateral cooperation in all sectors," Cavusoglu said.
The attack came just a day before Turkish, Russian and Iranian foreign ministers were due to meet in Moscow to discuss settling the Syrian conflict.
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