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Turkey: Assassination

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th January 2017.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his (a) Russian and (b) Turkish counterpart on the shooting of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in Ankara on 19 December 2016.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The murder of Russia's Ambassador to Turkey, Mr Andrei Karlov, on 19 December was a cowardly attack condemned by the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson) in a statement the same day. Immediately following the shooting, I telephoned the Russian Ambassador to London to offer my own condolences.

The Prime Minister has written to President Putin to offer her condolences and the Foreign Secretary signed the book of condolence at the Russian Embassy.

The Foreign Secretary and I have both offered the UK's support to Turkey as they investigate the shooting.

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