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.
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.