« This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalization of Russian-Turkish relations, as well as undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in settling the conflict in Syria, » Putin said in a statement on Monday evening.
The « only response » to the attack that Moscow « should offer » is « stepping up the fight against terrorism, » the president added.
« The killers will feel it, » Putin said.
Russia’s Investigative Committee has already launched an investigation into the murder, Putin said in his statement, adding that he had held a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the matter. Russian and Turkish officials will cooperate, Putin added.
« We have to know who organized this killing and gave orders to the assassin, » the Russian leader said.
Meanwhile, Erdogan called the shooting of Russia’s ambassador in Ankara a provocation, aimed at destroying bilateral ties. The Turkish leader « strongly » and « vehemently » condemned the assassination of Andrey Karlov.
« I believe this is an attack on Turkey, the Turkish state and the Turkish people, and also a clear provocation … [in terms of] Turkish-Russian relations. I am sure our Russian friends also see this fact, » Erdogan said. ”Both Turkey and Russia have the will not to be deceived by this provocation.”
The Turkish leader also confirmed the identity of the attacker as 22-year-old Turkish riot police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas.
Erdogan also added that a joint commission with Russia would be established to investigate the murder.
« All the security measures around the Russian embassy and consulate general have been tightened as we agreed with Mr. Putin, » Erdogan noted. « Our relations with Russia are significant … I am calling on those who aim to destroy our relations: You are waiting in vain. You will never reach your goals,” Anadolu reported.