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    The assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov in Ankara was intended to disrupt the normalizing ties between Turkey and Russia, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

    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."

    "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.

    He praised Karlov's acumen, stressing that "Russia has always sent outstanding diplomats to Ankara."

    "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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