Statement on the tragic death of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

On December 19, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkey Andrei Karlovwas shot dead in a terrorist attack in Ankara.

We condemn this heinous crime that was committed to undermine our collective efforts towards an early political settlement in Syria and the ongoing normalisation of Russian-Turkish relations.

We expect the Turkish authorities to closely cooperate with the relevant Russian agencies to investigate the circumstances of this barbaric crime, to identify and apprehend its organisers and to take effective measures to protect the safety of Russian citizens, Russian offices abroad and their personnel. For our part, we will act in conjunction with the Turkish law enforcement agencies to bring the culprits to justice.

The Russian Embassy in Norway expresses deep condolences to the family and friends of Andrei Karlov, an outstanding Russian diplomat. His memory will always remain in the hearts of his colleagues and all those who knew him.

This tragedy is an indication that we must redouble our efforts in an uncompromising struggle against all forms of terrorism.

Karlov Andrey Gennadyevich, born in 1954 in Moscow.
In 1976 graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, in 1992 graduated from Diplomatic Academy.
Started his diplomatic career in 1976.
Worked on different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR and Russia, as well as foreign missions.
1979 – 1984 and 1986 – 1991 – Embassy of the USSR to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
1992 – 1997 – Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Korea
2001 - 2006 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
2007 - 2013 – Deputy Director General, Director General for Consular Affairs.
Since July 2013 till December 2016 – Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey.