By Sputnik News
Moscow will continue cooperation with Ankara toward the settlement of the Syrian crisis despite the assassination of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, the Russian ambassador to France said on Tuesday. 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.
“We intend to continue to work even more intensively with Turkey and all the countries of the region to put an end to the Syrian drama,” Alexander Orlov said in an interview with Europe 1 radio broadcaster.
He added that in his opinion Karlov’s murder did not imperil the Russian-Turkish diplomatic relations.
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. The sides decided to press on with the meeting despite the attack with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressing that the incident would not impact relations between Turkey and Russia.