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Kremlin calls murder of Russian envoy to Ankara blow to Turkey's prestige - RIA
December 21, 2016 / 12:56 PM / a year ago

Kremlin calls murder of Russian envoy to Ankara blow to Turkey's prestige - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that the murder of Russia’s ambassador in Turkey was a serious blow to Ankara, the RIA news agency reported.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith following the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi, Russia, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/Files

“This is certainly a blow to the country’s prestige,” Peskov said.

The Kremlin website said Putin had posthumously given the ambassador, Andrei Karlov, the Hero of Russia award, the country’s highest military medal.

Karlov was gunned down by an assassin while giving a speech in an art gallery in Ankara on Monday.

Reporting by Peter Hobson; Editing by Andrey Ostroukh

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