Russian ambassador’s assassination: Turkey’s Erdogan ‘makes DESPERATE call to Putin’

Russian ambassador’s assassination: Turkey’s Erdogan ‘makes DESPERATE call to Putin’

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RECEP Erdogan has made a panicked phone call to Vladimir Putin after the killing of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, sources claim.

Diplomat Andrei Karlov was gunned down on Monday evening by off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, while he gave a speech at an art gallery.

The assassination has sparked a furious response from Moscow, which believes it was a terrorist attack.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “Terrorism will not win and we will fight against it decisively.

“The memory of an outstanding Russian diplomat, Andrei Karlov, a person who did a great deal to fight terrorism in his diplomatic post, will always be in our hearts.”

And Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said it would not allow the “lowly terrorist attack” to “cast a shadow” over relations between the two countries.

The attacker is believed to have shouted “Don’t forget Syria, don’t forget Aleppo” in reference to the war-ravaged city.